Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Tuesday said the planned installation of the speed limiting device on vehicles plying public roads by the FRSC on October 1 is not illegal as viewed in some quarters.
The corps said the plan is in accordance with section 10 subsection (3m) of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007.
Assistant Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, made the remark while fielding questions from newsmen in Calabar.
Olagunju who doubles as head of Policy, Research and Statistics in the corps, stressed that section 10 of the FRSC Act gives power to the corps to determine and enforce speed limit for all categories of vehicles plying the nation`s routes and also mandates the corps to control the use of speed limiting devices.
He said the law was made by the National Assembly, giving the corps the powers and mandate to carry out such enforcement.
Olagunju pointed out that the National Road Travelling Regulation Act 2012, regulation 152, sub section (4) says that “a person cannot drive a vehicle that is not fitted with speed limiteron any public road.
“I wish to tell all Nigerians that the planned installation of the speed limiting device is legal.
“Section 10, subsection (3m) of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007 empowers the corps with the mandate to enforce the use of the device.
“Also, the National Road Travelling Regulation Act 2012, regulation 152, sub-section (4), clearly states that a person cannot drive a vehicle that is not fitted with speed limiter on any public road.
“The same regulation 152, sub-section (5) specifies penalty of N3,000 or three months imprisonment for defaulters. This is not an administrative issue; it is something that is backed by a law made by the National Assembly.
“We decided not to implement it on April 1 because we thought we needed to do more public education on it and also get the collaboration of all stakeholders,” he said.
The assistant corps marshal averred that if the corps successfully installs the speed limiting device in commercial vehicles, it would reduce the rate of road accidents on the highways, adding that the corps would start the installation of the device with commercial vehicles on October 1, adding that about 60 per cent of road accidents involve commercial vehicles.
“We would start the installation with commercial vehicles first on October 1. This is because about 60 per cent of road accidents involve commercial vehicles,’’ he said.
While harping on the issue of drivers license, he warned officers of the corps to desist from issuing fake licenses to members of the public and stressed that the corps would not tolerate any of its personnel found wanting.