The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said it would begin to confiscate vehicles with substandard or expired tyres.
This is part of the measures the agency is putting in place to help curb incessant road accidents usually caused by poor tyre usage in vehicles. The commission blamed some of the road accidents in Nigeria on the importation of substandard tyres due to poor border control.
FRSC Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, stated this at a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, organised by the FRSC to enlighten motorists on the dangers of bad tyres.
Mr. Oyeyemi explains that FRSC officials will impound any vehicle(s) with substandard or expired tyres, saying “enough is enough”. All the crises from February this year to April, they were all tyre-related, he stressed.
After impounding the vehicle, the owner will be asked to go replace the tyre with genuine ones. A vehicle with passengers will have arrangements for their continuous journey made by the officials so as to reduce the pains.
The FRSC boss also decried the lack of tyre manufacturing companies in the country and appealed to appropriate authorities to do their utmost best in ensuring that the situation is addressed.
Mr. Oyeyemi says Nigeria is too big not to have a tyre manufacturing plant, which is the bane of the problem we have on ground today.
“It’s not a problem that started today, we’ve been raising this alarm since Dunlop and Michelin shut down in Nigeria and relocated.
“So it’s a result of this that led to over 250 different distorted substandard tyres in the country today and we appeal to Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture to do their very best in looking into this and see how tyre manufacturing plants can be brought into life.”