By Oluyinka Onigbinde
The Federal Road Safety Commission in Ogun state generated a total of N3.6 million in 12 days on the implementation of speed limit device.
The concept of speed limiting which was informed by the Federal Road Safety Commission as a result of high rates of car crashes that occur on a daily basis in the country.
A report on FRSC website shows that road traffic accidents has claimed more lives than the deadly malaria fever in recent times.
This made the commission to carry out a report that identified speeding as a major contributing factor to the high levels of Road Traffic Accident and attendant casualties on Nigerian roads.
Speaking with Nigerian NewsDirect via a telephone chat the sector commander for Ogun State Mr. Clement Oladele said “the speed limit device is just like any other rules of FRSC that the public must comply to, to avoid booking your vehicle, the same way fines are paid for non compliance to the use of seat belt while driving, so also is the speed limit device
“The speed limiting device is used for controlling the speed of a vehicle or a device used to measure or regulate the speed of a vehicle.
“This device does not allow the driver to accelerate beyond the stipulated speed limit by law as it has been programmed in the vehicle. So no matter how the driver tries to accelerate, the pre-set speed limit will not be exceeded.
“So it became an offence from February 1 if vehicles do not have speed limiters.
“According to Oladele “the Ogun command has booked an average of 100 vehicles a day without the speed limit device
“And the National Road Traffic Regulations stipulate a fine of N3, 000 if you don’t have the speed limit device or you go before a magistrate upon convictions he could sentence you
“So in a bid to create a safer motoring environment across the country, Federal Road Safety Commission in line with the resolutions reached with Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Automotive Design and Development Council of Nigeria (NADDC), and other stakeholders has made it compulsory for all vehicles nationwide to install speed limiting device” he said.
However some commercial drivers who spoke with NewsDirect in the Sango Ota environs said the speed device was a welcome idea as this would help to reduce the death toll on our road, but urged the FRSC to give a month grace to allow drivers to comply with the rules.