The Association of Speed Limiter Vendors of Nigeria, on Friday, said most commercial vehicles in the country had yet to comply with the Speed Limiting device policy introduced by the Federal Road Safety Corps.
Chairman, ASLON, Adekunle Oyegoke, blamed the low compliance to the policy on the cost.
He said his association, when he took over, reduced the cost to N25, 000, in order to make it affordable for motorists.
He spoke with reporters at a programme organised by the FRSC, Federal Capital Territory Command, to celebrate this year’s ember month campaign with the theme: ‘Safe driving, safe arriving, on Thursday, in Abuja.
Oyegoke, who is also the Chief Executive Officer, Gifted Driving Services and Motor Solution Limited, said his association was working with the FRSC to ensure the smooth implementation of the speed limiting device policy in Nigeria.
He said: “We work hand in hand with the Federal Road Safety Corps to ensure that there is a smooth implementation of the speed limiting device policy.
“There is a little reduction in (road) accidents as a result of the implementation of the device. A lot of commercial drivers are yet to comply with this policy. But we hope that by the time everybody comply with this policy there will be little or no road accidents.
“We ensure safety. Presently, we ensure that there are standards on speed limiters installed and we also ensure that every vehicle has enough knowledge to know things about speed limiter.
“The reason why most vehicles have not installed the device is because of the cost. The cost has dropped now. That was one of the things I did as the speed limiter chairman. It has dropped to N25,000 and the cost of recalibration is between N3,000-N5,000 yearly.”
The Sector Commander, FRSC, FCT command, Wobin Gora, said ember months are characterized by high rates of accidents as a result of disregard for traffic rules and over speeding.
He said the commission has decided to involve all stakeholders in order to make the campaign a success.
He said: “As we all know, the ember month, which form the last four months of the year, have over the years been characterized with high volume of traffic, the quest to maximise profit by transporters, impatience on the part of drivers and commuters, use of unworthy vehicles to meet up with the demand of commuters, disregard to traffic rules and regulations etc.
“These vices, among other things, often result to avoidable loss of lives and properties across the country.
“The Federal Road Safety Corps as the lead agency for road safety management and administration in Nigeria, in collaboration with all stakeholders, is determined to ensure that this ugly trend of carnage on our roads is reversed in this year’s ember month campaign.
“FRSC has decided to involve all stakeholders by taking safety campaigns to churches, mosques, markets, motor parks, all public places and the media.”