FRSC threatens to arrest parents of underage drivers in Kano

The FRSC says that it will impound cars driven by underage drivers.

Parents in Kano, who allow their underage children drive their vehicles, will be arrested and prosecuted, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said.

The acting Sector commander of the FRSC in Kano, Kabir Nadabo, stated this in Kano, on Thursday.

Mr. Nadabo, who is also the head of operations of the FRSC in Kano State, said the warning become necessary because of the increasing number of underage drivers, who are arrested daily.

“Recently, we arrested about 10 underage drivers and their parents were made to pay fines,’’ he said.

Mr. Nadabo said that henceforth any underage driver caught in the state would have his vehicle impounded, while his or her parents would be arrested and prosecuted.

Nigerian law prohibits persons under the age of 18 from driving.

He warned that the command would not fold its arms and allow the ugly trend to continue, while reminding car owners in the state that the law prohibiting car racing was still in force.

“Car racing is not allowed and any person caught in the illegal act will not be spared,’’ he warned.

Mr. Nadabo disclosed that the commission had embarked on a special patrol along highways as part of efforts to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration.

“We have mobilised 120 personnel, who would be posted to about 29 traffic points to monitor and ensure that drivers and other road users obey the traffic rules and regulations,’’ he said.

According to the FRSC boss, eight patrol vehicles would be deployed within the state to check the excesses of drivers.

He said the command had put measures in place to check traffic holdups and reckless driving to ensure a hitch-free Sallah celebration.

Mr. Nadabo also warned commercial motorcyclists against carrying more than one passenger at a time, as anyone caught violating the order would be arrested.

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