…. Awareness and campaign is still very low among motorists
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), as the lead government agency saddled with the responsibility of road traffic management in Nigeria, has identified over-speeding by motorists as a major contributing factor to road crashes and attendant casualties in Nigeria.
To create a safer motoring environment in Nigeria, the commission, in line with the resolutions reached with Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), National Automotive Design and Development Council of Nigeria (NADDC), Transport Union Associations and other stakeholders, had initiated strategies to implement and enforce the use of Speed Limiting Devices (SLD) in vehicles, starting with commercial vehicles nationwide.
In other to ensure compliance, President Muhammadu Buhari approved October 1st, 2016, as the enforcement date of the SLD policy, with the first phase to focus on commercial and long haulage vehicles.
In a recent statement, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, noted that in the process of commencing the enforcement on the set date by Mr. President, a motion was passed on the floors of the two chambers of the National Assembly suspending the enforcement pending when a public hearing was conducted by the House Committee on the FRSC to determine the desirability of the policy.
According to the FRSC boss, “the legal frame work for the implementation and enforcement of the speed limiter for all categories of vehicles in Nigeria is stipulated in section 10(3) (m) of the FRSC (Est.) Act, 2007 and section 152(4) of National Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 Section 4 (b) of the Standards Organization of Nigeria Act of 1971 which empowers the SON “to designate, establish and approve standards in respect of metrology, materials, commodities, structures and processes for the certification of products in commerce and industry throughout Nigeria.”
In the same vein, the National Automotive Design and Development Council Act, 2014 empowers the National Automotive Development and Design Council to “Regularly study and review the automotive parts/components development industry in Nigeria”.
Commenting on this development, the CEO of Steerite Driving School, Mr. Samuel Akinfe said the introduction of Speed Limit Device is the best initiative to curb wanton carnage on the roads in Nigeria.
He explained that the SLD is a mechanical device that is mounted to the vehicle and is used for controlling the speed of a vehicle. He explained that they are of two types, the mechanical and the electronic device.
The CEO of Pathway Driving School, Mr. Kunle Ojeleye, also commended the development, saying the approved marketers of the device are those certified by the major technical committee members, including Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), National Automotive Council (NAC) and FRSC.
He further explained that commercial vehicle drivers are the major road users that are prone to road crashes as a result of their poor knowledge of road signs since majority of them are illiterates and…
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