The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, has announced that enforcement of the speed limiters on commercial vehicles operating in the country will commence nationwide on 1st October 2016. He said the enforcement will be total and non-compromising. He stated this on Wednesday during the stakeholders’ meeting held at the FRSC National Headquarters Abuja with stakeholders from relevant government agencies and road transport unions in attendance.
The Corps Marshal disclosed 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 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 before the commencement of enforcement to avoid sanctions.
Oyeyemi expressed satisfaction with the public acceptance of the policy, noting that with the 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 1st October 2016 coupled with stakeholders’ enthusiasm on the policy, the implementation would be successful.