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Speed Limiters: FRSC Shift Enforcement

Posted: May 28, 2015 at 6:09 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Chibuzor Emejor  –  Abuja


Federal Road Safety Corps [FRSC] together with major stakeholders in the road traffic administration in Nigeria has postponed the deadline for the implementation of the enforcement of the use of speed limiters by commercial drivers from June 1 to September 1, 2015.

This agreement was reached on Tuesday at the end of the stakeholders’ forum on the standards for maximum road speed limiters for vehicles held in Abuja.

At the meeting, the major stakeholders such as the National Union of Road Transport Workers [NURTW], National Association of Road Transport Owners [NARTO], Petroleum Tankers Drivers [PTD], Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria [RTEAN], among others, pleaded with the FRSC management to extend the deadline for the enforcement of the use of speed limiting devices to enable them create more awareness among their members.

In his response, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, acceded to their demand.

He however said the implementation of the speed limiters for vehicles should commence with subtle enforcement with no booking from June 1, and full enforcement would commence on September 1.

The FRSC boss underscored the need for all commercial drivers to embrace the installation of speed limiting devices in the vehicles, adding that over-speeding accounts for 50 per cent of road traffic crashes witnessed in Nigeria.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the stakeholders’ meeting, it was agreed that the FRSC and all major stakeholders should sustain the creation of public awareness nationwide.

According to the communiqué, “the installation of speed limiting devices on vehicles remains one of the cardinal strategies for curbing the menace of road crashes associated with speeding.

“The Standards Organisation of Nigeria [SON] should consider setting up deadline for all imported vehicles while National Automotive Council [NAC] should ensure that vehicles manufactured in Nigeria are installed with speed limiters.

“SON should demand in-plant calibration certificate from manufacturers of speed limiting devices meant for use in Nigeria.”