Nigeria: FRSC warns motorists against using Google Maps for driving

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has warned motorists in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) against using Google Maps while driving, saying it should be set up before driving.

He also warned against messaging, typing and listening to music with the phone while driving.

The Road Commander (RC), Lugbe Unit Command, Mr. Aliyu Ahmad said this during the Corps Easter Special Package sensitization campaign on Sunday in Abuja.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the Easter outreach program was held in Redeemed Christian Church of God Province 15, Lugbe, FHA.

Ahmad said using Google Maps was a traffic violation that carried penalties, including a psychological evaluation.

However, it prompted comments from members of the congregation, asking why the FRSC disapproved of the use of Google Maps.

Ahmad, while explaining, said it can only be used before the vehicle is in motion.

He said using the phone while driving remains a punishable offence.

“We used to have challenges for some who park and pretend they want to call.

“They have to park on the shoulder, not on the side of the road.

“It’s a festive period and there is a massive movement of vehicles, so let’s try to avoid distractions on the road,” Ahmad said.

He also chastised motorists for overloading vehicles, describing it as a flagrant violation of traffic rules.

Asked if the FRSC allowed overcharging by taxis operating the FCT, Ahmad replied “we don’t allow four passengers in the back and two in the front”.

He said some fares were also guilty, as they begged officers not to arrest the driver because they weren’t complaining. (NOPE)

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