FRSC Commences Partial Enforcement on Speed Limiters
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has resolved to partial enforcement on installation of speed limiters by commercial vehicles in the country, which is expected to run till the end of the year, because awareness on the project is still low.
It would be recalled that the Safety Corps, after shifting deadlines, fixed September 1 to clamp down on vehicles without the seed limiters.
Disclosing this to members of the Road Haulage Transporters Association of Lagos (RHOTAL) who paid a courtesy visit to him at his office in Lagos, recently, the Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, Mr Hyginus Omeje, said that the FRSC understands that there are still many issues about the speed limiters which need to be perfected before the commencement of full enforcement by the Corps hence the importance of continuous awareness.
He explained that the FRSC will continue to intensify efforts on awareness while the subtle enforcement continues. He assured the members of the association that there is nothing for them to fear once they have done the right things as the corps is not out to witch-hunt anybody but to enforce the law.
He said, ‘‘Speed limit is not new, it’s just that we are now giving it enforcement. Speed limit is determined by the category of the vehicle and the road. Implementation strategy won’t be by asking for certificates but in practical terms because asking people to present certificates would be subjected to abuse.’’
He said that the government is not involved in the distribution of speed limiters but that the market will not be left opened to avoid abuse by unauthorized vendors. According to him, that was the reason the FRSC teamed up with the Standard Organization of Nigerian, SON and the National Automotive Council, NAC in order to assess the interests expressed. He however disclosed that some companies that bided for the supply of speed limiters failed the Valuation Test while some passed. ‘‘FRSC is not after who did what, our concern is to ensure that standard are strictly adhered to. If we live the market opened, people will bring all kinds of things. We won’t want a situation whereby you bring substandard products and give them to Nigerians. Valuation is ongoing,’’ he said.
He said the FRSC will not rubbish companies that have gone ahead to install speed limiters before the commencement of the FRSC enforcement but that it must correspond to ISO certification which is why SON is involved. ‘‘If you have a customized speed limiters installed in your vehicle, please communicate to us in writing informing us about it. We’ll put it to test and your matter will be treated on its merit,’’ he said.
Omeje advised that large haulage companies can set up subsidiary to handle speed limiters issues in their fleet. He also said that accreditation of speed limiters won’t be a one-off thing but a continuous exercise. According to him, accreditation would be quarterly.
A Trustee of the association, Mr Alfred Okugbeni thanked the FRSC sector commander for giving the members of the association audience and promised that RHOTAL will ensure that members comply with the directive of the government.