Nigeria proposes psychiatric tests for motorists


Nigeria’s road commission on Tuesday released guidelines for the proposed psychiatric examination of traffic offenders in the country.

The exercise will cover life threatening traffic offences which are rampant in the country, Bizi Kazeem, a spokesperson for the Federal Road Safety Corps said in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, had on Monday, told newsmen in Abuja that the test would begin nationwide on July 1.

The identified offences are use of phone while driving, route violation, traffic light violation, dangerous driving and overloading.

Kazeem said offenders would have their driver’s licenses withdrawn pending confirmation of their sanity or otherwise.

The violators would bear the full cost of the examination, which would be conducted at recognized public medical facilities, he said, noting that the move arose from observed aggravating crashes and disobedience to road traffic laws and regulation.

“This nation can no longer watch the lives and property of its citizens wasted by a few non-conformists on the highways,” he added.

Traffic accidents are very common in Nigeria. Reckless driving, speeding, overloading as well as poor conditions of roads and vehicles are blamed to be the main causes. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/

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