The Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, said it has obtained approval to begin the use of speed limiters and speed meters to reduce motor accidents on Nigerian roads.
Spokesperson of the FRSC Corps, Commander Stella Uchegbu, stated this on Wednesday, September 3 in an interactive session with journalists organized by the Forum for Spokespersons of Security and Response Agencies, FOSSRA and the I-Nigeria Initiative in Abuja.
Uchegbu said this enforcement will be focused on commercial vehicles, “this is due to our findings that more casualties are usually recorded in road crashes involving commercial vehicles which also accounts for 30% of road crashes in the country.”
She said within a three week period of August 11 and 31 this year, 513 road crashes were recorded in the country, out of which 224 was caused by over speeding.
Uchegbu said consultations on this decision commenced last year with an engagement plan drawn with stakeholders such as the Standards Organization of Nigeria, fleet operators and the Nigerian media.
She explained that the Governing Council of the Standards Organization of Nigeria recently granted approval for specifications for the speed limiting devices in the country.
“The Corps established 14 emergency ambulance rescue points code named Zebra, along some critical corridors across the country, which has improved on our response time and rescued over 5,000 road crash casualties,” Uchegbu said.
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