Director-general of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria, SON, Dr. Joseph Odumodu has urged the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, to step up its operations to address the issue of unregulated influx of fairly used tyres into the country
Odumodu, who made the disclosure during a courtesy visit to the Abuja national headquarters of the corps, frowned at the rate at which motorists in the country operate with fairly used tyres, even in the face of road safety challenges associated with the use of such tyres.
The director-general, who said that this trend had no doubt contributed to road traffic crashes in the country, said that the visit was meant to serve as platform to review the corps’ partnership with SON on vehicle safety standards in the country.
According to him, “It is worrisome that motorists patronize these products which have not only expired in some cases but also do not conform to minimum safety standards.
“It is also imperative to note that new tyres are not ruled out from expiration because some tyres may get close to expiry date before being purchased and used by motorists who are ignorant of this,” he said.
He therefore urged the FRSC to expand its operational frontiers to tackle the influx of fairly used tyres into the country, as part of measures towards further reduction in road crashes.
Responding, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi recalled that the corps had remained focused in its enforcement strides with emphasis on “tokumbo” tyres and other traffic-related matters, which fall short of recommended safety standards, adding that through special intervention patrols, the FRSC did not compromise on its drive to deliver on set goals.
He also suggested stronger collaboration between the FRSC, National Automotive Council and the SON in this direction, as he sought for stronger legal frame work to address the influx of right-hand steering vehicles into the country.
The corps marshal also commended the SON management for living up to its mandate towards ensuring that items and products which are used in the country comply with recommended standards.
Speaking further, he said that recent findings by the corps indicated that 250 different brands of tyres were used in the country while some motorists use tyres meant for agricultural purposes on commercial vehicles, thus widening the gap of avoidable road crashes.


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