The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC has said the introduction of the speed limiting device by the Corps have assisted in reducing road crashes by 25 Percent.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi who revealed this at the signing of Memorandum of Understanding, MOU between the Association of Speed Limiters Vendors of Nigeria, ASLON and Highway Digital Nigeria Limited, one of the manufacturers of the speed limiting device said 33 countries currently have speed limiting laws and have also made the use of the device mandatory in their vehicles.
Oyeyemi who was represented by the Assistan Corps Marshal EP Osawe, an officer in the corps safety office said accredited vendors are in charge of the sale and calibration of the device, and not the FRSC.
“There are accredited vendors screened by the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and FRSC.
“They are the ones in charge of sale and calibration of the speed limiting device, not the FRSC,’’ he said.
While stating that 80,000 commercial vehicles already have the devise installed in the vehicles in Nigeria, Oyeyemi said its use also assist in cutting down vehicle maintenance cost.
The FRSC began full enforcement of the installation of the device, which costs N35,000, on commercial vehicles on February 1, and plans to extend it to other categories of vehicles in due course.
He said the introduction of the policy was within the mandate of the Corps, noting that the enforcement began since Feb. 1, last year.
The Chairman of ASLON, Oyegoke Adekunle Alani in his remark at the signing ceremony said the MOU signing became necessary based on the clamour for the harmonization and reduction of a unit cost of fitment of speed limiting device.
He said ASLON is ready to make it less cumbersome for the enforcers-FRSC who from feedbacks face lots of resistance from commercial vehicles operators due to the high cost of fitment.