Ports Authority (NPA) has commenced the implementation of the minimum standards
for haulage trucks operating in the ports today.
the NPA would begin with more of an awareness campaign for the truck drivers.
the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) of its intended implementation
exercise, which was also acknowledged by the association.
association’s appeal to make the truck standards implementation a gradual
process, so that people were not pushed out of business.
the minimum standards for operational trucks in the port because the
association appealed for reasons of the time of the year.
demand for their services and it may be hard on business if a number of them
cannot operate, Nasir said.
approach for now did not mean safety standards would be jeopardised just to
drivers on the need to maintain their trucks, as a part of the required
into the new agreement and requirement, and it is hoped that they will take it
seriously,” the port manager said.
not patronised by the agents the truck owners would be forced to keep up to
Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) said it was agreed that the minimum standard
implementation be started on a campaign note, to create awareness.
was obvious that a number of the trucks were old, and therefore appealed that
the NPA considered such factors to give them time.
owners were unable to maintain their trucks because of the burden of multiple
levies imposed on them by different government agencies.
the multiple levies truck owners pay to different agencies of government
money left to care for themselves and maintain their trucks.
down on the road. The state traffic agency, LASTMA, has not made the problem
tough time and the public should know it so,” Ogungbemi said.
minimum standards include the truck head, the carriage unit, the tyres, the
vehicle particulars and warning device.