On Wednesday, the Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, declared it had arrested about 2,600 motorists for not installing the speed limiting device in their vehicles.
Though the commission said about 30 percent of motorists have their device installed already, it warned that there is a timeline to install the device, and after the deadline, people who fail to comply will be sanctioned. Any motorist arrested will pay a fine of N50,000 or be prosecuted.
This was revealed by the FRSC Rivers State Sector Commander, Andrew Kumakpayi, who spoke in Port Harcourt during a health programme organized for tanker drivers in conjunction with Nigerian Medical Association, NMA, and Medical Women’s Association of Nigerian, MWAN.
Though Kumapayi expressed happiness that the compliance level of vehicle owners in the state to the speed limiting device was encouraging, he further urged motorists to install the device before the deadline elapsed.
Kumapayi said the commission has cared for drivers because they desire their safety on the roads. He outlined that most drivers do not have time to go for medical attention so there is need to provide this help for them to check their sugar level.
Last week, FRSC revealed that one month after it started voluntary compliance of speed limiter policy, only five per cent success has been recorded.
About 91,479 commercial vehicles are yet to comply with the directive, which intends to reduce over speeding and check the high rate of road crashes in the country.
FRSC said no vehicle in the northern state of Adamawa, Taraba, Niger, Kebbi, Yobe installed the device, and about 96,458 vehicles had been checked nationwide since the implementation began.
Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Enugu states topped the compliance list of implementation of the speed limiting device after one month of the partial enforcement.
The agency reveals that 4,979 vehicles installed the device while 91,479 vehicles were yet to comply bringing the compliance level to five per cent.
Also, the FRSC, disclosed that 35 regular marshals have been killed by motorists on highways across the country in the last one year. According to the corps, seven out of this number were from Niger State.