The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) will from October 1, begin the enforcement of the speed limiting device nationwide.
The implementation and enforcement of the device which has witnessed four postponements from its initial launching date of June 1, 2015, has finally been approval by the presidency.
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The Corps Marshall, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, disclosed this in Abuja on Wednesday while briefing stakeholders on the new date for the implementation and enforcement of the device.
“The final directive from the Presidency is clear; the enforcement date for the implementation of the speed limiting device is on Oct. 1 and we have had series of stakeholders meeting.
“The essence of today’s meeting is to finally convey the directive of the federal government to the stakeholders that with effect from Oct. 1, the implementation and enforcement would commence.”
He noted that the commission already have a portal where vehicles will be monitored:
“We don’t need to pursue any vehicle, we will just stop you like we verify licence,” he said.
“On the tablet we will check whether your vehicle has been installed with the device, if it has not, we will impound the vehicle and we make sure that you do the right thing,” he added.
He also added that the FRSC is more concerned about saving lives first than on fines. “We are not talking about fines now, it’s to save lives so we will impound the vehicle then the owner of the vehicle will be made to install the device before the journey continues ,’’ he said.
He also said the FRSC is only concerned about commercial vehicles installing it for now, adding that with time the enforcement would extend to private vehicles so as to cut down crashes on the road.
“Speed is the major cause of crashes in Nigeria with commercial vehicles accounting for 65 per cent of the crashes” the FRSC boss said.