The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, says it will soon begin the enforcement of speed limit device installation on private vehicles.
Speed limit is the maximum speed at which a vehicle is legally permitted to travel, within a specific area, on a certain road or under given conditions.
The speed limit device was first introduced in 2016 to reduce the incidents of accidents and loss of lives on the nation’s highways.
In 2017, the commission said only forty percent compliance was recorded nationwide since the full enforcement of the speed limiting device by commercial vehicles.
Also, during the same period over thirty four percent of commercial vehicles were cautioned and advised to install the device in their vehicles, four hundred and ninety four motorists were arraigned before mobile courts for non-compliance, while nineteen thousand, six hundred and two vehicles got impounded.
In a report by the National Bureau of Statistics, about one thousand two hundred and ninety two deaths were recorded from road accidents in the first quarter of 2018.
A country that expects to be among the best twenty economies in the world by year twenty- twenty cannot afford to be losing such a large portion of its productive population every year without any practical approach to minimize the frequency and degree of the carnage.
Since the commission has identified over speeding as a major contributing factor to the high level of road traffic accidents, the speed limit policy is believed to create a safer motoring environment across the country.
The commission in line with the resolutions reached with Standard Organization of Nigeria, SON, National Automotive Design and Development Council of Nigeria, NADDC, and other stakeholders therefore made it compulsory for all vehicles nationwide to install speed limiting devices.
The National Assembly should enact laws that will strengthen the powers of FRSC to perform its duties and continually improve its mode of operations.
There is the need also for training and retraining of transporters to ensure that their members are endowed with the necessary skills and technical know-how to guarantee quality service and safety of lives.
Parents should exhibit exemplary conduct by obeying traffic rules and instill in their children road use culture.
Security agencies should synergize with the commission towards ensuring the successful enforcement of road traffic rules and more mobile courts created for quick dispensation of justice for traffic offenders.
The commission should collaborate with the media to carry out more aggressive campaign on the use of speed limit devices.