There is no doubt that some people especially the law enforcement agencies will be surprise by the headline but that remains the truth.
Investigations have shown that the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, DRTS otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO have always concentrated their attentions on private car owners and pay less attention to the commercial vehicles in the Federal Capital Territory, FCT.
99% of their impoundments are centered on private car owners while they allow rickety vehicles to flood the roads of Abuja in the name of commercial transportation.
We gathered that majority of the commercial drivers don’t renew their car particulars let alone their drivers’ licences because attempts by the VIO to arrest them in the past have led to chaos on several occasions hence they don’t like stopping them.
The commercial drivers look uncontrollably and take laws into their hands including beating the traffic lights, overloading (carrying more than the required numbers of passengers) especially those plying Area One to Lugbe, Nyanya, and other areas to satellite towns.
They do not only overload but park indiscriminately on the road hence causing obstruction and yet the VIO and other enforcement agencies look the other way and pay no attention to their anomalies.
However, the VIO seems to be more interested in private car owners because they believe they are gentlemen and women driving and can easily manipulate or threaten them, what they cannot do to commercial car operators.
For instance, if a private car owner is apprehended, the VIO don’t hear, “Please or I am sorry,” they are not merciful at all but they are always in a hurry to tow the car to their office or book the person but it is the opposite with the commercial drivers who they don’t even stop let alone arrest.
They always appear helplessly when it comes to commercial car operators, many of which use fake plate numbers, expired particulars, worn-out tyres and other offences.
Some years back, a commercial driver was said to have naked himself after begging a VIO officer to no avail, he had no option but to naked himself. When the officer saw that scenario, he ran for his dear life hence setting the driver free.
There were cases also where commercial drivers gathered to attack VIO officers in Abuja, it took the intervention of the Police to rescue the men in white and black.
The question is, what if the private car owners also adopt the same tactics adopted by the commercial car owners, who then will the VIO officers be apprehending or is VIO now meant for private car owners alone?