The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says that enforcement of speed limiters on commercial vehicles plying Nigerian roads begins from October 1, this year.
Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, Corps Marshal of FRSC, who made the announcement recently at a stakeholders’ meeting held at the FRSC National Headquarters Abuja, says enforcement of the speed limiters would be “total and non-compromising.”
The initial date set for the commencement of enforcement of the law was June 1, 2015, but FRSC said the date had to be extended to allow for further consultation and more public enlightenment programmes. Authorities of the road safety agency also observed that the enforcement fell within the same week that the present administration was inaugurated.
With the National Assembly’s approval of the policy based on public acceptance during the public hearing and its consideration of the relevance of the device in the campaign against speed-related road carnage in the country, it unanimously lifted the suspension order upon which the President gave a new enforcement date of October 1, 2016, the Corps Marshal says.
“The policy on the use of the speed limiters device was carefully enunciated based on expert advice of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria; the National Automotive Design and Development Council as well as stakeholders’ support as a way of addressing the challenges of speed-related road carnage in the country. It is our hope that with the 1st October 2016 enforcement date approved by the President, relevant stakeholders would join hands to make the implementation successful” the FRSC chief says.
According to him, stakeholders should take the new date with all seriousness and ensure that their members especially commercial operators abide by the regulations by ensuring that their vehicles are installed with the devices before the commencement of enforcement to avoid sanctions.
A speed limiter is a device installed in a vehicle in order to limit the top speed of the vehicle. For some classes of vehicle in some countries, they are a statutory requirement while for some other vehicles the manufacturer provides a non-statutory system which may be fixed or programmable by the driver.
Here is how it works: A series of sensors installed with the speed limiter detect how fast a driver is going, then communicate that information to the engine’s computer, which manages nearly all the engine’s functions. Once the car reaches a pre-determined top speed, the computer steps in and restricts the flow of air and fuel to the engine and even the sparks that cause combustion. Either way, the driver will be unable to exceed the top speed as determined by the car’s manufacturer.