Monday, October 3, 2016

SPEED LIMITER: FRSC assures transport unions of lenient approach

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Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, on Wednesday assured transport unions and commercial drivers of lenient approach to the final implementation the speed limiting device on October 1, 2016. Oyeyemi gave the assurance at the final stakeholders’ forum prior to the commencement of enforcement of the device in commercial vehicles in Abuja. According to him, beginning fromOctober 1, all commercial vehicles will be subjected to guided compliance in the mode of the corps free vehicle safety checks.
Oyeyemi said from October, FRSC would commence the advisory enforcement for the device and have a build up to the full enforcement. He said that after commencing this gradual enforcement on an advisory level, instalment of the device would pick up and within the next six months at least 90 per cent compliance level by all the commercial vehicles would occur. He said the plan remained that all the intercity buses on the highways would be fitted with the device for safety on the roads. He said the Corps would continue to recognise that communication remained a vital part to retain common understanding and the need to balance various stakeholders’ handicaps especially with the economic challenges. Oyeyemi thanked the unions for their support in the implementation of the device and assured them that FRSC would not rest relent on its efforts till road safety was attained fully. Kassim Bataiya, the President of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners, who spoke on behalf of the unions, thanked FRSC for adopting the advisory enforcement method. Bataiya said the method would afford them the time to further talk to the drivers and enable them to comply gradually.

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