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Viral video of road marshals, tricycle rider face-off not fresh – FRSC

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The Federal Road Safety Corps has clarified that a video currently being circulated on the internet showing an erring tricycle rider who had a face-off with an FRSC patrol team is not a fresh incident.

It said it was the same old encounter in which the tricycle rider had a face-off with the FRSC personnel after he was found destroying a patrol vehicle along Sapele road in Benin, Edo State.

The corps in a statement signed by its spokesman, Bisi Kazeem, said that the incident did not just happen as purportedly misrepresented by social media operators.

It said that the video was recorded in Benin, along Benin/Sapele road on Thursday, 16 July, 2020 and the staff involved had been adequately disciplined in accordance with FRSC Regulations on Maintenance of Discipline at the instance of the Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi and the outcome of the trial made public on 2 August, 2020.

Part of the statement read, “You would recall that the corps marshal had ordered the constitution of a disciplinary panel immediately the case was reported, to conduct a holistic investigation and trial of the seven-man patrol team involved in the incident. And at the end of the trial, the entire team was awarded reduction in rank.

The corps marshal, while approving the recommendation of the panel, also directed the immediate redeployment of the affected staff from the command, it stated.

It said the corps marshal also warned FRSC personnel to deploy maximum level of civility in arresting offenders rather than taking laws into their hands, adding that the management of the corps would continue in its steadfastness towards ensuring that its personnel exhibited the highest level of civility, professionalism and ethical values while relating with the public.

“As an organisation that does not condone indiscipline, the corps had to punish its staff first, for being uncivil towards the tricycle rider so as to deter other staff and compel them to be tolerant, more professional and gentlemanly while handling traffic violators.

“This measures were carried out irrespective of the fact that the rider was apprehended driving against the traffic, went berserk at the point of arrest, stripped himself naked, and started throwing obstacles on both personnel and the patrol vehicle and at some point, even dragged the patrol operatives in uniform without anyone assaulting him.

“All these happened in an attack that saw him destroy the staff’s uniform and did not only damage the windscreen of the patrol car, but disfigure the bonnet and other body parts with mud and stone.

“Having stated the obvious, the corps marshal wishes to admonish the perpetrators of such media propaganda to desist from heating up the polity at this sensitive moment of our national development, and fashion out measures that could enhance peaceful coexistence, rather than ignite anger and violence.”

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AutoTrends: Stop driving your old crossovers, Mercedes warns, recalls ML, others

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Mercedes-Benz has asked owners of certain older crossovers to stop driving due a to corroded brake booster that could cause the brakes to fail.

The automaker said the request and corresponding recall applied to 292,287 ML-, GL-, and R-Class crossovers and SUVs from the 2006-2012 model years.

Recalls are common, but urging customers to stop driving is not,  according to thecarconnection.com.

In the affected vehicles, water exposure in the brake booster housing can cause a joint to corrode, leading to a leak in the brake system.

Brake force may also be reduced, forcing drivers to press harder on the brake pedal to decelerate and come to a stop. In rare cases, Mercedes said, it may be impossible to stop if there has been severe corrosion.

The risk of a crash or injury would increase, although Mercedes said it was aware of no known crashes or injuries related to the issue.

According to the premium brand automaker, the emergency brake pedal is not affected, and could be used in case of a regular brake pedal failure. Mercedes will provide complimentary towing of the affected vehicles to service centers.

Dealers are expected to inspect the brake booster housing and replace parts as required. If the part cannot be fixed immediately, Mercedes said it will help “coordinate an individual solution for the customer, including alternate mobility.”

 

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AutoTrends: Hyundai Sonata models face fuel leak risk

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A potential fuel hose leak in 2013 and 2014 models of Hyundai Sonata has again led to the immediate recall of the vehicles globally.

The NHTSA disclosed this, noting that the factory fault could increase the risk of a fire.

The 2013-2014 Sonata and 2013-2014 Kia Optima had previously been recalled for a fuel hose that can crack prematurely and leak fuel.

The tape and zip-tie remedy for those earlier recalls did not stick.

With the new recall, the fuel line will be replaced at no cost to owners, Hyundai states.

Without the proper fix, the leaking fuel could come in contact with a spark or ignition source that could cause a fire in the engine compartment, thecarconnection.com notes.

The recall encompasses 215,171 Sonatas. Owners may smell fuel on vehicles equipped with either the 2.0-litre turbo-4 or 2.4-litre inline-4 engines. Hyundai reported 138 incidents in the past two years of the defect, but the automaker said there were no known crashes, fires, or injuries.

Hybrid versions of both sedans from those model years were recalled for a separate fire risk.

Hyundai and sister brand Kia have issued a series of recalls for increased fire risk for a variety of reasons, ranging from a faulty electrical socket (2011-2012 vehicles) to a short circuit in the braking system (2006-2011 Elantras).

Owners will be notified by mail as early as July 5, and will be instructed to take their affected Sonata into a dealer to have the fuel feed line replaced at no charge, regardless of warranty status.

Hyundai owners who paid for fuel line repairs to address the leak will be reimbursed.

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AutoTrends: CFAO launches LOXEA Nigeria operating lease, fleet management solutions

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CFAO Motors, a subsidiary of the CFAO Group, has launched LOXEA Nigeria, offering operating lease and fleet management solutions.

Already present in 22 African countries, the auto company said with LOXEA its customers in the country could now enjoy better access to the CFAO range of products such as Mitsubishi and Suzuki cars, Fuso trucks, King Long buses, Toyota forklifts and JCB construction equipment.

General Manager of LOXEA by CFAO, Mr Philippe Lefort, said, “Partnering with LOXEA will allow companies to enjoy the inherent benefits of the CFAO network, a trusted and reliable organisation that has been providing best-in-class products and services for over 119 years in Nigeria.”

According to the company, LOXEA offers a broad range of services from regular operating leases to comprehensive fleet management and car-sharing through a web portal and mobile applications through its three pillars; LOXEA Lease, LOXEA Connect, and LOXEA Ride.

It stated, “LOXEA Lease provides rental of vehicles or equipment from 36 months to 48 months with full maintenance according to the manufacturer’s prescription, full comprehensive insurance, replacement vehicle (after 48 hours), and geolocation. The fleet management solution provides a fleet manager, Drivers 24/7, fuel card management, fleet analytics, and fleet mobility optimisation.

“Thanks to the LOXEA Connect application, customers can have access to real-time monitoring of fleet usage and behaviour.”

Lefort said, “Our goal is to establish and maintain long-term business relationships by adding value to businesses who outsource their vehicle management by ensuring their fleet is operational 24/7.”

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