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FRSC Partners SON In Battle Against ‘Tokunbo’ Tyres FRSC Partners SON In Battle Against ‘Tokunbo’ Tyres

Posted: Jun 12, 2015 at 12:26 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) and the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) have entered into a working agreement to ensure that only good and quality tyres are allowed on vehicles plying the nation’s highway.

The two agencies of government agreed to partner on the battle against the use of fairly-used and expired tyres when the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Boboye Oyeyemi, paid a courtesy visit to SON headquarters Abuja on vehicle safety standards.

Oyeyemi said that the Corps has remained focused in its enforcement strides with emphasis on the fairly-used tyres and other traffic-related matters, which fall short of recommended safety standards.

He lamented that recent findings by the Corps indicated that 250 different brands of tyres are used in the country while some motorists use tyres meant for agricultural purposes on commercial vehicles, thus widening the gap in avoidable road traffic crashes, calling for stronger collaboration between the FRSC, National Automotive Council (NAC) and SON in this direction.

Odumodu on his part, urged the FRSC to step up its operations to check the unregulated influx of fairly used tyres into the country, which according to him, has contributed to numerous road crashes in Nigeria.

Odumodu frowned at the rate at which motorists in the country operate with used tyres even in the face of road safety challenges associated with the use of such tyres.

“It is worrisome that motorists patronise these products which have not only expired in some cases, but also do not conform to the minimum safety standards. It is also imperative to note that new tyres are not ruled out from expiration because some tyres may get close to expiry date before being purchased and used by motorists who are ignorant of this,” the SON boss disclosed.

He noted that the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) had since weighed a campaign aimed at removing from circulation fake and used tyres on the nation’s highways.

“In 2014, SON retrieved five million bad tyres from circulation in order to curb accidents on the highway. The zero tolerance of the agency against the influx of sub-standard products into the country has continued to rub off on all sectors of the economy. The agency has bared its fangs on unscrupulous importers of sub-standard tyres and other products, especially in the face of dangers posed by such practices,” he said.