The Federal Road Safety Corps said it will soon begin enforcement of speed limiting device in commercial vehicles and trucks, following the suspension of the embargo on the implementation by the National Assembly.
The FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi told journalists on Friday in Abuja that the NASS lifted the suspension of the programme last Thursday, adding that a new date for the enforcement of the device would be announced shortly.
He explained that the Presidency had earlier granted the corps leave to commence implementation of the programme with effect from April, 2016, but added that the enforcement was suspended to enable the NASS to conduct a public hearing on the initiative.
Oyeyemi said, “But following the submission of the committee’s report and its debate at the plenary of the house, the recommendation for the lifting of the suspension order was adopted and the house has accordingly lifted the suspension order on the enforcement of the device.
“Consequently, the corps is coming up with a new date for the commencement of the enforcement on the compulsory use of the device as soon as consultation with relevant stakeholders is completed.”
The Corps Marshall said that there are no encumbrances to the enforcement of the use of speed limiting devices in vehicles in Nigeria in order to stem speed-induced crashes on the highways.
Oyeyemi explained that the FRSC is stepping up its enlightenment campaign on tyre safety and proper tyre care in order to reduce tyre-related crashes.
He stated that the agency would soon deploy massively for the special patrol for the Eid celebration, adding that 16,000 officers, including ambulances, tow trucks patrol vehicles and bikes would be involved in the operation nationwide.
The FRSC boss reiterated that use of cellphones while driving, speed limit violation, dangerous overtaking, overloading, tyre violations, lane violations and other infractions will attract severe sanctions from the corps.