The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), yesterday, said between 2011 and 2015, now fewer than 5,288 road crashes across the federation resulted from either worn-out or sub-standard tyres.
To check the menace, the corps has begun massive arrest and prosecution of erring vehicle owners with a view to ridding the roads of poorly made tyres.
FRSC Corps Marshall, Boboye Oyeyemi who made the disclosure yesterday in a welcome address to a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, added that between 29 February 29 and April 8 this year, 70 road accidents resulted from burst tyres, stressing that non-compliance, arbitrary gauging of tyres without recourse to manufacturer’s specification were fast becoming a norm.
Control of tyres coming into the country is made difficult as there are no longer tyre-manufacturing companies in the country, re-boring/patching of worn-out tyres instead of purchasing new ones, pot holes and failed portions of the road affect the lifespan of tyres,’’ he noted.
Oyeyemi added that “despite these risks, care for tyres and rudimentary safety precautions are mostly neglected among vehicle owners in Nigeria.”
The Corps Marshall stated that the agency’s efforts to stem the tide include ‘’pre-trip vehicles’ inspection programmed at motor parks aimed at encouraging drivers to inspect their vehicles before embarking on a journey, the commercial drivers are not being educated on the need to examine their vehicles regularly even as drivers are encouraged to undergo these preliminary tests, thus improving fleet regulation and sustain stakeholders’ consultation, collaborating with states on improved road safety administration as well as improving enforcement and public education’ among others.”
He appealed to government to ensure the reduction of tariff placed on imported tyres into the country.Speaking on the theme: ‘’Promoting Safe Tyre Use in Nigeria,’’ acting -Director-General, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Dr. Paul Angya, said the way forward includes, greater collaboration in awareness campaign, training of vulcanisers nationwide, need for strict enforcement on the use of substandard tyres, especially commercial vehicles as well as asking government to reduce tariff for new tyres and training and equipping stakeholders among others.’’