The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission has finally approved the move by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to introduce speed limiting devices on vehicles in the country as part of measures to curb road crashes.
According to the committee, the implementation of the speed limiters should begin with commercial vehicles and other fleet operators “only”, adding that the new devices should be used in addition to the deployment of more modern technologies like the ‘Spider Technology,’ as had been suggested by many of the stakeholders.
The speed limiters had earlier generated controversies across the country soon after the FRSC made the idea public. Many who opposed the speed limiters, including the House of Representatives, had held the view that the technology was outdated and could further expose motorists to danger rather than save their lives.
The House of Rep in particular kicked against the N36,000 fee it would cost each motorists to fix the device into each vehicle and in February, the house directed the FRSC to suspend the project after a lawmaker (an All Progressives Congress legislator from Edo State), Mr. Philip Shaibu said the device had failed in some African countries.
It was however, gathered that the committee, after seeking the views of many stakeholders, including the Nigerian Society of Engineers, National Union of Road Transport Workers, fleet operators and transport sector experts, resolved to endorse the speed limiters.
Part of the statement read:
“The FRSC was acting within its purview as empowered by the FRSC Establishment Act 2007, to implement strategies to safeguard lives and property of all road users, hence its proposal to introduce the speed-limiting device was in order.”