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FRSC goes after commercial buses, trucks without speed limiters, others

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

Following an increase in road crashes across Nigeria, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has ordered its personnel to impound any commercial vehicle and trucks found operating on the road without a speed limiter installed in it.

FRSC hinted that investigations have shown that 50 percent of the road crashes recorded across the country between January 1st, 2021, and July 17th, 2021, were due to speed violations on the part of the driver.

The Corps also mandated its personnel to intensify checks on drivers’ licenses and ascertain that anyone driving on the road within their Command was truly certified to drive an automobile, saying any vehicle driven by a non-valid license driver should be impounded immediately until corrections are made.

Mandating the road safety personnel to go after vehicles and trucks, the Corps Marshal of FRSC, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, stated that these would help restore sanity to the nation’s highways.

Oyeyemi, in a statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, on Sunday, expressed dismay over continuing incidents of fatal crashes caused by speed violation with most drivers not installing speed limiting devices in their vehicles despite repeated warnings.

According to him, this is unacceptable to the FRSC Management and a decision has been taken to clampdown on such recalcitrant violators who must be subjected to the fullest sanctions provided by law to serve as deterrence for others.

The FRSC boss further stated that in the course of the special operations, drivers that are caught with fake, expired, and forged driver’s licenses would have their vehicles impounded to the offices until they have taken appropriate measures necessary for acquiring the licenses.
He, therefore, warned drivers to ensure that henceforth they operate with their valid documents, especially the driver’s license, and vehicle papers to avoid having their vehicles impounded, noting no offenders would be spared.
“The National Headquarters of the Corps will be reviewing reports of compliance from the special operations from across the Field Commands for incremental policies on the offences,” Oyeyemi added.
It would be recalled that the FRSC had in the last few years initiated the ideas of speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles after due consultation with the relevant stakeholders as a way of involuntarily controlling speeds which had been identified as the main causative factors in road traffic crashes.

Following the Presidential directives on the policy, the enforcement commenced earnestly and has been on with special operations targeted at the offenders. The continuing incidents of speed-related crashes despite the measures and failure of the drivers to voluntarily regulate themselves has now led to the new by the Corps to restrategise on the enforcement through the renewed special operations.

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