The Nigerian Ports Authority(NPA) has commenced the process of recertification of trucks at the ports to prevent the rickety and unsafe ones from entering the ports.
This exercise was meant to enhance the implementation of the electronic call up system that has been bastardised in renct month.
Henceforth, only trucks confirmed by the NPA to have met the MSS requirements and duly issued with an MSS certificate will continue to be active on the “Eto” platform managed by the system operator – Truck Transit Parks Limited (TTP).
“Owners of trucks yet to meet the MSS requirements are advised to approach the NPA Safety Department at any of the two Port locations in Lagos for appropriate guidance”.
The Authority’s MSS scheme is sequel to a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between NPA and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), a move to stem the increasing cases of trucks break down and containers falling off articulated vehicles inside the Port and on the highways, which had claimed hundreds of lives and destruction of properties.
The scheme stipulates that all trucks doing business inside the Port must go through a safety audit and be certified as fit-for-purpose.
While soliciting the support and co-operation of Port users, especially truck owners, the authority enjoined industry stakeholders to join hands to keep the Ports safe.
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