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Speed limit: FRSC wants sanction against fleet operators



Speed limit: FRSC wants sanction against fleet operators

By Ibironke Ariyo

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has said it will sanction any fleet operator found sabotaging the implementation of the speed limit device.

Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi said this during the 2021 annual security officials retreat in Abuja on Thursday.

The Nigeria News Agency reports that the retreat was aimed at raising awareness among safety officials on the implementation of the Road Transport Safety Standardization Program to achieve best practices in fleet operations.

The theme of the retreat is: “Assessment of the Implementation of Speed ​​Limits in Nigeria: Prospects and Challenges”.

Oyeyemi, represented by the corps deputy marshal, motor vehicle operations Mr. Hyginus Foumsuk, said the corps would also sanction sellers of speed limiters identified for complicity.

The corps marshal expressed concern over the wave of road accidents and unnecessary loss of life, particularly involving fleet operators.

“These, according to numerous expert inquiries, could have been avoided if the security officials concerned had been responsive in their duties,” he said.

Oyeyemi said recent discoveries of the body also revealed a low level of compliance regarding the installation of the speed limit device and the associated stringent practices among some fleet operators.

He noted that these practices included tampering with the speed limit device and colluding with vendors to deceive enforcement officers.

This, he said, was with certificates of compliance with no actual installation of the device, calibration over approved speed limits and the like.

According to him, these will no longer be tolerated because the body will not hesitate to sanction offenders from now on.

Oyeyemi urged relevant stakeholders to address the decline in proper vehicle maintenance as well as the implementation of the passenger manifesto by fleet operators and driver recruitment policy.

“We all know the essence of the Passenger Manifesto and the importance of its proper implementation. You are therefore urged to take these matters seriously in the interest of security.

“The passenger manifesto is considered essential, so its application should continue with other traffic violations to force the necessary compliance. It is therefore relevant to maintain strict compliance with existing policies, ”he said.

“There is a need for fleet operators to introduce improved practices to ensure the safety and comfort of their passengers in accordance with traffic rules.

Mr. Babatunde Irukera, Director General of the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission, praised the body’s efforts in road safety.

Irukera noted that road injuries and fatalities were caused by speed, describing speed as a catalyst, aggravating factor and mitigating factor.

He urged motorists to consider installing a speed limit device to prevent traffic accidents and save lives and property.

He did, however, assure the FRSC of the commission’s support in punishing violators, saying excessive speed results in a penalty.

Source: NAN

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