The Federal Road Safety Corps has issued citations to 21,744 commercial motorists between October 1-6, 2016 for their failure to instal speed limiting device in their vehicles.
The corps described the citations as an advisory enforcement, which did not attract any penalty or fines.
The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this during an interactive media chat on Friday in Abuja, said that 1,164 vehicles had so far installed the device.
He explained that the corps was engaging in advisory enforcement on account of the prevailing economic situation in the country, noting that the FRSC is encouraging motorists to instal the speed limiting device between now and December.
“We believe that before December, we should be able to have total compliance. The essence is to bring down road traffic crashes and reduce fatalities on our roads. Use of speed limiting device is not new in Nigeria; the major oil marketers have been using it in their tankers before now,” the FRSC boss said.
He added that full enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device in inter-city commercial buses and trucks would start in January 2017.
Oyeyemi, while lauding motorists for the increasing compliance with the directive, expressed appreciation to the various transport unions for supporting the FRSC’s efforts to reduce road crash and fatalities.
The Corps Marshal said his agency would continue to sustain its advocacy and enlightenment programmes on road safety, in particularly, the installation of speed limiting device to cut crashes associated with speeding.
Oyeyemi further said that two firms had expressed interest in setting up local production of the device in the country, a development he said may bring down its price.Punch