Wednesday, 1 February 2017

FRSC begins enforcement of installation of speed limiting device on commercial vehicles. Proposes ban on 'Okada'. cc @DrJoeAbah

Barring any last minute change, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), will start the enforcement of installation of speed limiting device on commercial vehicles from today after the policy has been on a test run for over one year.

The corps marshal FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, who revealed this as part of the corps’ new year activities, said, the speed limiter will be effectively pursued this year as the corps is determined to commence full enforcement on commercial vehicles from February 1, 2017.

Also, the corps marshall stated that as part of the goals of the commission for 2017, the corps will enhance public education and enlightenment; improve enforcement and post-crash care; advance road safety administration and strengthen professionalism and transparency.

In another development, the FRSC has proposed a nationwide ban on commercial motorcycles popularly known as “okada” to reduce road accidents.

FRSC has blamed an increase in road accidents on the careless operation of motorcycle riders.

As part of the October Road Traffic Crash Report 2016, submitted to the Secretary to the Government of the Federation by the Corps Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, motorcycles was deemed a major cause of fatal road traffic accidents across the country.

Statistics show that 230 cases or 18 percent of a total of 1,259 vehicles involved in accidents within the month were commercial motorcycles.

Motorcycle accidents ranked third after cars which accounted for 457 cases or 36 percent, followed by minibuses with 243 or 19 percent of the total.

“Following the outcome of the analysis, it could be concluded that motorcycle still constitutes serious menace on the nation’s highways,” Oyeyemi said.

“Accordingly, improved results could be achieved in the future, if more state governments could consider placing a ban on the use of motorcycle for commercial purposes.


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