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Remove speed bumps from federal roads | Senate tells works ministry

The Senate has asked the Ministry of Power, Works and Housing to remove illegal bumps from federal roads.

The upper Chamber also asked the ministry to ensure there are petrol stations on service lanes for motorists.

The motion:

The motion was sponsored by Barnabas Gemade, senator representing Benue north-east, and Stella Oduah, senator representing Anambra north.

“The senate notes with dismay the thousands of speed bumps recently erected on almost all federal highways nationwide ostensibly to control the speed of motor vehicles plying the roads,” the senator said.

“There is a need for speed control on our highways to avoid over speeding by motorists especially around hospitals and schools, interestingly the FRSC has introduced a speed control device to be installed in commercial vehicles which took effect two months.

“These speed bumps constitute a nuisance source other than serving any useful purpose whatsoever.

“Some of the hazards to vehicle owners are accelerated wear and tear of the vehicles, loss of many hours in the billions when qualified nationwide, damage to vehicle suspension systems as most of these bumps are not professionally designed.”

Gemade said bumps should be used in streets to control intersections but not on free ways.

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