The Minister of Power, Works and Housing, Mr Babatunde Fashola has identified speed violations as the leading cause of crashes on Nigerian roads.
Fashola disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday, March 19 while delivering a keynote address at a workshop on the activation of the five United Nations conventions of road traffic acceded to by Nigeria.
He disclosed that statistics from the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) does not support the belief among many Nigerians that bad roads is the major cause of road crashes in the country.
According to him, monthly statistics from the FRSC showed that most accidents on the highways were as a result of speed violations.
The minister said that in September and October 2018, 51 and 54 per cent of road accidents recorded were attributed to speed violations.
Fashola explained that 59 per cent of the crashes were attributed to commercial vehicle operators while private vehicles accounts for 38 per cent and government vehicles accounted for one per cent.
He called for the enforcement of speed limits on highways to reduce crashes.
The minister said, “For members of the public who readily attribute crashes to bad road, the FRSC data did not support this position; the data indicate that bad road account for 0.55 per cent of accidents.
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“It is clear that speed violation remains the most prevalent crash causative factor of accident in Nigeria.
“The implication of this is that if we are able collectively, to address speed violation, we will have successfully reduced accidents on our roads by more than 50 per cent.”
Safety Record can report that the workshop was organised by the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) in conjuction with FRSC.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari in October 2018 signed the Instrument of Accession to the Vienna Convention on Road Traffic of November 5, 1968.
The list of the five Conventions and agreements acceded to by Nigeria on road safety are 1968 Convention on Road Traffic, 1958 Agreement Concerning the Adoption of Uniform Technical Prescriptions for Wheeled Vehicles, 1998 Agreement Concerning Establishment of Global Technical Regulations for Wheeled Vehicles, Equipment and Parts which can be fitted and/or used on Wheeled Vehicles.
Others are the 1997 Agreement Concerning Uniform Conditions for Periodic Technical Inspections for Wheeled Vehicles and 1957 Agreement Concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road.