Bad roads, reckless driving top causes

MORE than 150 Nigerians die of road accidents daily due to over speeding rather than the poor network of roads. Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, stated this at the third quarter, 2016, stakeholders/fleet operators’ meeting on the speed limit device in commercial vehicles, at the weekend in Port Harcourt. Representing the corps marshal, Deputy Corps Marshal Ojeme Ewhrudjakpon, noted that a motorist driving at 50-90 kilometres per hour can control his vehicle in case of an emergency, but when on 100-150km per hour control becomes impossible. She stated that vehicles that already have speed limit devices fitted in them will only have to calibrate them to comply with Nigeria’s own gadget. Making reference to the Associated Bus Company, ADC, as a fleet operator that maintains a certain speed limit, Ewhrudjakpon urged members of the Nigeria Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, and other relevant stakeholders to accept and support the implementation of the speed limit device. “We did not take the decision in a vacuum, we sat with our technical team, comprising the Nigerian Society of Engineers, NSE, Nigeria Standards Organisation, NSO, Nigeria Police Force, NPF, and Vehicle Inspection Office of the Ministry of Transport among others. “The essence of its implementation is to save lives, because your lives are important to the government. We want you to drive and arrive at your destination safely, and not to die of road accidents,” she explained. The deputy corps marshal noted that the FRSC will have no hand in the sale of the device, but has registered some accredited companies that will act as ‘vendors’ in the sale and installation of the quipment, reaffirming that the implementation date remains October 1. She also maintained that particulars of the registered companies were properly
investigated and their facilities tested to ascertain their ability to carry out such responsibility, as well as the quality of the equipment that they will offer road users to avoid fraud. In his opening remark, the South/South Zonal Commander, Assistant Corps Marshal Jonas Agwu, appealed to drivers to value the lives of their passengers. “The essence of the implementation of this device is to save the lives of our people in the course of doing our businesses.” Agwu observed that the implementation was supposed to take place in August last year, but was postponed. He noted that effective from next year, all vehicles entering the country must carry the speed limit device, as it is the practice worldwide. The Sector Commander, Rivers State command, Andrew Kumapayi, in his welcome address, stated that the implementation of the speed limit device was long overdue, regretting that the high fatality rate in road accidents are as a result of over speeding.

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