The Federal Road Safety Corps in collaboration with the Standard Organization of Nigeria is set to ensure motorists use speed limit devices on their vehicles.
The first phase of speed limit device to be enforced on commercial motorists, will start September 1.
The corps marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, said there is need for speed limit devices on cars used on Nigerian roads.
He said in 2014 alone, over 50 per cent of major road crashes was attributed to speed.
He said, “We do not have vested interest on anyone but on safety on our highways.”
The Director General, SON, Joseph Odumodu, called on the corps marshal to set up an operation that would address the influx of used and expired tyres in Nigeria.
Mr. Odumodu said, “Used tyres are banned but we know that used tyres can be found everywhere in Nigeria.”
He said the SON had earlier seized over a million used tyres which cost the agency a lot to store.
He further informed Mr. Oyeyemi of a new company in Ikorodu, Lagos, that specializes in recycling the used tyres.
“Clearly we can save some lives removing tyres that are not supposed to stay on the road,” Mr. Odumodu said.
The corps marshal said the FRSC has remained focused in its effort to flush out expired and used tyres in Nigeria.
He, however said, it is important for the FRSC, in collaboration with the police, to strategize on a sustainable method of mopping up expired, used and bad tyres.
“In some cases, you stop a vehicle with four different brands of tyres being affixed to the same vehicle and we take extra steps to sensitize such drivers on the traffic hazards associated with this practice but in most cases, we prosecute them in line with provisions of the traffic laws,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.
He also encouraged the physical inspection of vehicles before importation especially for right handed steering vehicles.
To this, he called for a stronger partnership between the FRSC, SON and National Automotive Council to ensure standards aimed at saving lives of Nigerian road users.