Thursday, November 17

Speed limit device key to drastic reduction in road accidents – Transporter

Mr Aliyu Lawal, Managing Director, Silver Freight Nigeria Limited on Thursday said speed limit device was very effective in reducing traffic accidents.
Lawal spoke during a stakeholders interactive session on the enforcement of the device on commercial vehicles and trucks, organized by the North West Zonal office of Federal Road Safety Corp (FRSC) in Kaduna.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the FRSC had set February 1, 2017 as date for full enforcement of installing the device on commercial vehicles and trucks.Lawal said that his transport company, with about 700 trucks had recorded 1, 985 violations in 2014 before installing the device.
According to him, the rate of accident drastically dropped to 399 in 2015, about 79 per cent reduction.
He added that speed limit violations had so far dropped to 369 or additional seven percent in 2016.
Lawal, however, appealed to the authorities and transport owners to engage only well trained and duly certified drivers, to reduce road crashes.
He explained that more than 85 per cent of road crashes are caused by human factor, and called for more interface between the FRSC and motorists especially commercial drivers.
Lawal noted that enlightenment campaigns were necessary to stimulate compliance as against enforcement.
Earlier, the FRSC Zonal Commander, Bulus Darwang, said introduction of the device had reduced road crashes by more than half in the United Kingdom, Canada, Zambia and Kenya.
Darwang who is in charge of Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa and Kano said the enforcement had been approved by the Federal Executive Council and National Assembly, and will come into force on Feb. 1, 2017.
Stakeholders at the event included motorists, transport owners ,licenced speed limit vendors, drivers and security agencies.