The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), said on Tuesday that 96,458 vehicles had been checked nationwide since Oct. 1 to ensure compliance with the implementation of speed limiting device.
Mr Bisi Kazeem, Head, Media Relations and Strategy, FRSC, made the disclosure in an interview with newsmen in Abuja.
He said that Cross River, Akwa Ibom and Enugu states topped the compliance list of implementation of the speed limiting device after one month of its commencement and partial enforcement.
Kazeem said that 4,979 vehicles installed the device while 91,479 vehicles were yet to comply bringing the compliance level with five per cent.
He said that Cross Rivers was leading on the compliance list with 738 vehicles, Akwa Ibom second with 650, Enugu 403, Ebonyi 474 and Lagos 256.
He said that the commission was yet to record any vehicle with the device in Adamawa, Taraba,Niger, Kebbi and Yobe states .
“However, the states may not be responsible for the non-compliance level because the check cuts across states, so you can be moving from Lagos to Cross River and get checked at Cross River so it would be recorded there.
“The compliance level is increasing but there is room for improvement to guarantee safety; just like the Corps Marshall Boboye Oyeyemi has always advised Nigerians to imbibe the culture of safety.
“People need to embrace this scheme on their own without being forced because very soon come Feb. 2017 there will be no more subtle or advisory enforcement it would be total enforcement and strict implementation.
“The commission gave a period of grace to allow commercial vehicles some time to comply with the scheme but looking at how most Nigerians normally behave it seems they are waiting for the rush hour.
“Some are even waiting to see if it will work or not, but I tell you the scheme has come to stay and there is no going back on it,’’he said
Earlier, the Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi thanked the stakeholders and the various transport unions for supporting the FRSC on this project to curb road crashes.
Oyeyemi reiterated the corps’ plan to continue the implementation and enforcement of the device with commercial vehicles in the phase one.
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