The transport fleet in plateau, popularly known as “Plateau Riders,” has started installing tracking devices on all its vehicles.
Tracking devices are used to locate vehicles that could have, so to say, gone ‘off radar.’
General Manager of Plateau Express Service Ltd, Jos, Mr Auden Linus, disclosed this to newsmen in Jos on Friday, when he said “the installation was a government idea; we have to comply being a government organization, in order to ensure that it functions effectively.”
While expressing worry over the increased rising cost of vehicles importation, he said this phenomenon could force many transport owners to abandon the business, if urgent measures are not taken towards arresting the situation.
The manager lamented the increased prices of vehicle tires, which he said the company used to purchase each at the cost of N17,500, but that with the recession, it’s has now risen up to N32,000. So, before the end of the 2017, if the current recession is not addressed positively, many transport companies will be out of business in Nigeria.
According to him, the order was from the Federal Road Safety Corps for all vehicles to be installed with the speed limits device, and the management has complied with over 30 percent on its fleet; and that before the end of the 2017, the company is prepared for 100 percent.
He appealed to the state government to intervene with the buying of additional 40 Transport Buses towards replacement of the old vehicles so as to improve service delivery to citizens of the state.
He enumerated some of the challenges facing the transporters, especially Plateau Express Service Ltd, where all vehicles are of age, in addition to the high cost of vehicle tires.
The manager further stressed that the company has not increased its transport fairs, in spite of the rising price of vehicles maintenance.
Linus commended the Federal Maintenance Agency, FERMA, for doing a good job in the rehabilitation of major roads within the state.
He lauded Governor Simon Bako Lalong for his support in the transport sector as a contributing factor in generating revenue to the government and to improve the quality of life.
Mr Linus further advocated for government to merge the Ministry of Tourism with the Transport Company so as to help tourism in the transportation of visitors to their destinations.
He commended government for the restoration of peace and security of the state and also solicited the cooperation public, private partnership to boost the transport business.