This study investigated whether or not, Jincheng motorcycle accidents in Makurdi are attributable to human or mechanical factor. Thus both primary and secondary sources of data were sourced in order achieve the objectives of the study. Primary data were sourced through open-ended questionnaires to enlist requisite data among 324 Jincheng operators, 50 Jincheng passengers and Focus Group Discussion with FRSC officials. The result from the Chi-square test showed that Jincheng motorcycle accidents in Makurdi are caused mainly by poor human attitudes on the roads and not due to poor mechanical make up of Jincheng. While majority of the commercial Jincheng operators were youths with varying levels of education, they were neither licensed to operate nor have gone through any formal training to acquire their skills. Some even operate under the influence of psychoactive substances. Most of the accidents often resulted in serious injuries and even deaths. On the other hand Jincheng operators suffer fuel scarcity and price hikes, harassment from road traffic officials, poor roads and high union subscription fee among others. The study recommended for necessary measures to curtail accidents, check the excesses of police and BEMOA union officials as well as ensuring fuel availability.
Jincheng Motorcycle, Accident, Road Traffic, Human Attitude, Mechanical Fault.