The Federal Road Safety Corps has said it will soon start to enforce the use of speed limiters on convoy and commercial vehicles to reduce the rate of accidents usually associated with the two groups.
Corps Marshal and Chief Executive Officer, FRSC, Mr. Osita Chidoka, said this was part of the recommendations from a recently held conference to mark the 25th anniversary of the corps.
Chidoka, who spoke on Friday in Lagos through the Deputy Corp Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi, at the 20th anniversary of ABC Transport Plc, said over-speeding and other forms of dangerous driving were responsible for over 50 per cent of auto crashes in Nigeria.
“The conference recommends the installation of speed limiters on all convoy and commercial vehicles with strict enforcement to ensure compliance,” he said.
He said while speed violation accounted for about 35 per cent of the accident rates, loss of control was the cause of 17 per cent of the crashes.
According to him, more accidents are being witnessed on newly repaired inter-state roads across the country as motorists now drive on such roads at breath-taking speed.
He said the continued improvement on the poor state of the nation’s highways through rehabilitation and reconstruction had pushed up the accident rate, resulting in an average of 400 deaths per month.
He said this was posing a major challenge to road marshals in enforcing speeding limit among motorists.
He said owners of private vehicles, who had not travelled on such roads for a long time, were more involved in the avoidable accidents.
The corps marshal said the statistics were extracted from the 2012 accident figures, which were also released at the FRSC’s 25th anniversary conference.
He said, “The communiqué issued at the end of the conference noted that 35 per cent of all road traffic crashes that occurred in Nigeria in 2012 were due to violation of speed limit.”
He said the corps would soon commence the process of ranking fleet operators, which would be based on the level of compliance with safety standards as specified by the Road Transport Safety Standardisation Scheme
He urged all citizens to work assiduously for Nigeria to succeed in its quest to become one of the 20 largest economies and safest countries in the world by 2020.
He noted that road, which is the most widely used means of transportation in Nigeria, contributed significantly to economic development.
Director-General, Centre for Values in Leadership, Prof Pat Utomi, said Nigeria was not paying attention to public transportation.
He said, “In the next few years, Nigeria will grapple with the challenges of public transportation.
“We are not paying enough attention to structure of the society that will shape the future – public transportation.”
He advised the Lagos State Government to take its crusade for a better society beyond Lagos, saying, “We should be concerned about Lagos-Ibadan megalopolis.”