The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Boboye Oyeyemi, on Friday said the agency had concluded plans to commence enforcement of speed-limiting devices in commercial vehicles, including articulated trucks and lorries.
Mr. Oyeyemi said a recent decision by the House of Representatives to lift a moratorium on the enforcement of the speed-limiting devices also helped the commission in its decision.
The House had in June gave the FRSC the green light to commence enforcement of the devices in vehicles.
The House also urged the FRSC to explore other speed-limiting technologies with a view to adopting them.
Mr. Oyeyemi made the announcement when he briefed reporters in his office at the FRSC headquarters in Abuja on Friday morning.
“Following the submission of the committee’s report and its debate at the plenary of the house, the recommendation for the lifting of the suspension order was adopted and the house has accordingly lifted the suspension order on the enforcement of the device,” he said.
“Consequently, the corps is coming up with a new date for the commencement of the enforcement on the compulsory use of the device as soon as consultation with relevant stakeholders is completed.”
Mr. Oyeyemi said adherence to the use of speed-limiting devices would help reduce crashes on Nigeria roads, adding that the measure had yielded significant positive results in countries where it had been adopted in recent years.
Mr. Oyeyemi, however, said the agency was still working out the frameworks on the implementation of the devices on other passenger vehicles.
As Nigerians travel around the country for the Ramadan holiday, Mr. Oyeyemi said he had deployed a total of 31,000 road safety officials on Nigerian roads, including about 15,000 special corps officers, as part of efforts to ensure an accident-free holiday journeys for all Nigerians.
The patrol, tagged by the commission as ‘Operation Ed-el-Fitri’, would hold daily from July 3rd through 10th.
Mr. Oyeyemi also expressed his gratitude to Nigerian motorists for their strict compliance with road safety regulations, saying the perennial campaign of his agency had started yielding results.