Petroleum Tankers’ Drivers (PTD) association, a subsidiary association of National Union of Petroleum & Natural Gas (NUPENG) has called for implementation of speed limiter installation for vehicles in Nigeria to curtail road accidents.
The association made the appeal after its emergency executive meeting where it reviewed the state of the nation’s roads and the lingering fuel scarcity in the country.
The Chairman of PTD-NUPENG, Mr. Salimonu Oladiti called on the member of House of Representatives to reconsider their position to stall the implementation of the safety speed limiters on Nigerian highways scheduled for enforcement take off by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) from April 1, 2016.
Oladiti said: “If you consider that the rate of road accidents which has now doubled over the last three years, is largely occasioned by bad speed alone, then it is necessary for something drastic to be done. That is why FRSC, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE), National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) formerly National Automotive Council (NAC) and key stakeholders in the transportation industry embarked on a wide study, and eventually concluded on the suitability of speed limiter installation for our vehicles.
“We want the Honourable House members to show compassion for the carnage of human lives on our roads, and see to allowing this novel initiative work. Our members are breadwinners of their various homes and we have lost one too many, but some of them who have fitted the devices have been relaying their positive experiences in recent times.”
In the same vein, the President of the Road Transport Employers of Nigeria (RTEAN), National Chairman of the Nigerian Association of Road Transport Owners (NARTO), Alhaji Ibrahim Kassim Batiya and the leadership of Lagos chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) have all made unanimous call backing the FRSC speed limiter initiative.
In a separate statement, the Chairman of NURTW, Lagos Chapter, Alhaji Tajudeen Agbede, said: “What will be of good advantage to the people is always a good idea. For the fact that the speed limiter reduces accidents on our roads, the Union is always welcome to such idea.
“We are the people always on the road, not someone else. We do not see any crime challenge that some people have cried out against this road safety initiative if indeed, road patrol on highway continues as the new government of change has begun implementing. There is device standardisation already depending on the vehicle, and the FRSC will know if a substandard speed limiter device from unqualified installer is used or if anyone tries to use uncertified device in Nigeria,” he said.