FRSC To Begin Use Of Speed Limit Detection Device October 1


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FRSC to Begin Use of Speed Limit
Detection Device October 1
Abuja - The Federal Road Safety
Commission (FRSC) has said that
the presidency had approved
Oct. 1 for the commencement of implementation and
enforcement of the Speed
Limiting Device.
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps
Marshall, FRSC, disclosed this in
Abuja while briefing stakeholders on the new date
for the implementation and
enforcement of the device.
Oyeyemi said that the
implementation and
enforcement of the device witnessed four postponements
from its initial launching date of
June 1, 2015, before its final
approval by the presidency.
“The final directive from the
presidency is clear; the enforcement date for the
implementation of the speed
limiting device is on Oct. 1 and
we have had series of
stakeholders meeting.
“The essence of today’s meeting is to finally convey the directive
of the federal government to the
stakeholders that with effect
from Oct. 1, the implementation
and enforcement would
commence. “We already have the portal that
we will use to monitor this, we
don’t need to pursue any
vehicle, we will just stop you like
we verify licence.
“On the tablet we will check whether your vehicle has been
installed with the device, if it has
not, we will impound the vehicle
and we make sure that you do
the right thing.
“We are not talking about fines now ,it’s to save lives so we will
impound the vehicle then the
owner of the vehicle will be
made to install the device before
the journey continues ,’’ he said.
Oyeyemi said that the corps would do this for the next three
to six months to achieve
enforcement and compliance so
as to compel commercial vehicles
to install the device.
He said the FRSC was only concerned about commercial
vehicles installing it for now,
adding that with time the
enforcement would extend to
private vehicles so as to cut
down crashes on the road. He said the FRSC was relentless
on the enforcement of the speed
limiting device because speed
had been identified as a key risk
factor in road traffic injuries.
Oyeyemi said that an increase in average speed of
1km/h typically results in a 3 per
cent higher risk of
a crash involving injury, with a 4
per cent – 5 percent increase
resulting in fatalities. “ For car occupants in a crash
with an impact speed
of 80km/h, the likelihood of
death is 20 times what
it would have been at an impact
speed of 30km/h. “Speed is the major cause of
crashes in Nigeria
with commercial vehicles
accounting for 65 per cent
of the crashes,’’ the corps
marshal said. He said speed related road
deaths were avoidable if
Nigerians resolved to prevent
them, adding that
controlling human habits on
speeding had not been as effective as desired.
Oyeyemi said it was pertinent for
the nation to embrace this speed
limiting strategy to curb “this
monster on our roads’’.
He said the speed limiter device was available in
the market and that the FRSC had
a list of the
companies trading in the device
on its website and
urged vehicle owners to visit the site so as to
purchase genuine ones.
Oyeyemi urged the Standard
Organisation of Nigeria
to ensure that importers
complied with the standard for the device.
He also tasked the SON to ensure
that only vehicles
with the device were allowed to
be imported into the
country. Speaking at the occasion, the
Secretary to the
Government of the Federation
(SGF), Mr Babachir
Lawal,commended the FRSC for
the initiative and thanked the National Assembly
and the President
for endorsing it .
Lawal said the project would
help in saving the lives
of Nigerians by cutting down speed which was a
major killer on the nation’s
highways.
The stakeholders present at the
forum included
representatives from the National Assembly, the
SGF’s office and the Department
of State Security
(DSS).
Members of transport
associations in Nigeria were also present and they pledged
their support to the
implementation of the device.