Motorists endangering our lives, VIO operatives cry out

The Vehicle Inspection Office, VIO, says that motorists are endangering the lives of its officers on the highways, with some threatening to knock them down.

According to NAN, John Dayah, the Plateau State Director of the operatives, on Thursday in Jos, stated that the harassment by the motorists “get even worse every day”.

“Some motorists have formed the habit of fighting with our officers on the road. Some often attempt to knock down the VIO officers.

“We find this attitude deplorable. The officers are not on the roads to intimidate motorists but to ensure they comply with vehicle laws and regulations.

“From experience, most motorists get irritated when they are stopped for a routine check. They get quickly agitated and violent because they are guilty and afraid,” he explained.

Mr Dayah said that the VIO directorate would soon embark on a campaign to sensitise members of the public on the duties of the VIO and why its officers should be seen as friends, and not enemies, on the road.

He advised motorists to co-operate with VIO officers to enable them discharge their duties efficiently.