FRSC Sets October 1 For Commencement of Enforcement of Speed Limiters

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) said that it would commence the enforcement of speed limiters on all commercial vehicles operating in the country from October 1, this year.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this while meeting with stakeholders from relevant government agencies and road transport unions in Abuja, saying the enforcement would be total and non-compromising.
Oyeyemi, who commended the stakeholders for the consistent support they have given to the policy on speed limiters usage in the country, noted that without such support, it would have been difficult for the country to get to where it is today where enforcement date would no longer be controversial.
He particularly commended the leadership of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) for their technical inputs into the policy, saying it was such collaboration that enhanced the decision of other stakeholders to adopt the policy.
The Corps Marshal recalled that the initial date set for the commencement of enforcement of the law was June 1, 2015, stating that the date had to be extended to allow for further consultation and more public enlightenment programmes, especially that the period fell within the same week that the present administration was inaugurated.
He added that when the Corps made presentation to President Muhamadu Buhari and suggested September 1, 2015 as the new commencement date, the President in his magnanimity extended the date to April 1, 2016.
He further noted that in the process of commencing the enforcement on the set date by President Buhari, 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.
The Corps Marshal announced that with the House’s approval of the policy based on public acceptance during the public hearing and its consideration of the relevance of the device in the campaign against speed-related road carnage in the country, it unanimously lifted the suspension order upon which the President gave a new enforcement date of October 1, 2016.
He therefore called on stakeholders to take the new date with all seriousness and ensure that their members, especially commercial operators, abide by the regulations by ensuring that their vehicles are installed with the devices to avoid sanctions.
Oyeyemi further expressed satisfaction with the wide public acceptance of the policy, noting that with successful enforcement and willing compliance by drivers, the rate of speed-related crashes in the country would come down drastically.
According to him, reports of road traffic crashes recorded by the Corps since the beginning of the year have shown that speed accounted for over 31 percent of the causative factors.
He expressed optimism that with the public hearing conducted by the Committee on FRSC as directed by the National Assembly at the plenary sessions; the judicial pronouncements on the powers of the FRSC to introduce the devices and the presidential directive on the new date of October 1, 2016, coupled with stakeholders’ enthusiasm on the policy, the implementation would be successful.
In his remarks, the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Intergovernmental Affairs, which has oversight powers over the FRSC, Senator Tijani Kaura, applauded the FRSC for introducing the speed limiters device in the country, saying it demonstrates the vision and proactive ability of the leadership of the Corps on traffic management in the country, bearing in mind the rate of speed related crashes.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Chairman of the House Committee on FRSC, Hon. Abubakar Ahmed Yunusa, represented by his Deputy, Hon. Gideon Bulus, commended the leadership of the FRSC for its commitment to road safety campaign in the country.

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