The non-adherence to laid-down regulations for safety of lives, property and business by petroleum sector authorities is portending to unleash huge dangers on the country’s roads, The Republic can say.
According to the National Petroleum Authority Act 2005 (Act 152) for all Bulk Road Vehicles (BVRs) to be legally on our roads, they must have a Certificate of Incorporation and to Commence Business, Company’s Regulations Code 8-82, Calibration Certificate for BRVs carrying white products and/or Non Destructive Test (DNT) Certificate for BRVs carrying LPG, Vehicle Insurance Certificate (Comprehensive), Driver and Mate Accident Insurance Policy, Goods-In-Transit (GIT) Insurance Policy, Driver Vehicle & Licensing Authority (DVLA) Road Worthiness Certificate, and Testing Certificate from Road Safety Limited/State Transport Corporation.
However, our findings are that the trucks, about 50 per cent of the fleet of 3,500 vehicles, are without certified companies, garages, not undergone mandatory inspection to attest roadworthiness, and no insurance coverage, among other discrepancies.
Information available to this paper has it that the authorities at the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) are, for unexplained reasons, stepping aside the National Petroleum Authority ACT 2005 (152), to permit and register Bulk Road Vehicles (BRVs) to transport highly flammable petroleum products on our roads.
BOST’s required standardized trucks are of capacity 500,000 litres and, with the prevailing circumstances stakeholders believe it is a recipe for diversion of state fuel products.
Efforts to reach BOST Managing Director to react proved futile.
The issue in point additionally raises serious concerns over pertinent issues of roadworthiness, not to mention safety.