Godwin Nyiam, Director General of the Department of Public Transportation, DOPT, Cross River State, has disclosed that motorists who violate traffic regulations in the state will henceforth be sent for psychiatric evaluation to ascertain their mental health status.
Nyiam who disclosed this in Calabar at a workshop for more than two thousand commercial and private motorists, also insisted that it has become imperative to insist on this check because there have been too many cases of accidents on roads in the state leading to unnecessary loss of lives.
He was particular that too many motorists stopping abruptly on the road to pick commuters, end up obstructing human and vehicular traffic, while others who over speed and even beat traffic lights, can only be allowed back on the roads after psychiatric evaluation.
Motorists using their private vehicles for commercial purposes, he disclosed, have been given three months to have their vehicles painted in the state’s taxi colours or risk having their vehicles impounded.
Officials of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Civil Defence and Fire Service in the state, delivered lectures at the workshop.
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