By Joseph Erunke
TO ensure safety of road users during the ember months, the Federal Road Safety Corps and the Speed Limiter Vendors Association, yesterday, co-launched ember safety campaign in Abuja.
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The collaboration was aimed at educating motorists on the danger of speed on the road as well as enlightening commercial drivers on the need to install speed limit devices in their vehicles.
Speaking at the event which held at Area 1 Roundabout, Chairman of Association of Speed Limiter Vendors of Nigeria,ASLON, Mr Oyegoke Adekunle Alani, regretted that despite the series of awareness campaign that had been carried out in the media by the FRSC, commercial drivers were yet to embrace the speed limit devices.
According to him,the low patronage of the speed limiter by drivers was mostly responsible for the continued high accidents on the nation’s roads.
He also said the device which hitherto sold at expensive rate had been reduced to N25,000 but regretted that the patronage was still very low.
Mr Alani,who said his association was basically formed to regulate activities of vendors who are authorised to sell speed limiters,said it was “working hand in hand with the Federal Road Safety Corps to make sure that there’s is smooth implementation of the speed limiting device.”
He appealed to motorists to install speed limiter in their vehicles, saying it was one of the most effective ways of reducing accidents on the nation’s roads.
“Presently, there’s a little reduction in the rate of road accidents in the country because a lot of people especially commercial drivers are not complying with the installation of speed limiting device in their vehicles,so it is just a little reduction but we hope that by the time everybody complies with the law on installation of speed limiting device,there would be little or no road road accidents.
“Presently,we are ensuring that there are standard in the installation of speed limiters in vehicles and we are also ensuring that every vehicle driver has enough knowledge to know things about the speed limiter and what to do about speed limiter.
“Initially,it was because of the cost but that has drastically reduced. That’s one of the things I did when I came in as Chairman of the association. It has dropped to N25,000 and the cost of recallibration which is renewal of certificate is between N3,000 and N5,000,”he said.
Deputy Corps Mashal, Operations, FRSC, DCP Ojeme Ewhrudjakpor, while speaking at the event, implored motorists to embark on regular check and maintenance of the their vehicles.
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