The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said the installation of speed limiting device on vehicles is in accordance with the commission’s Establishment Act.
Assistant Corps Marshall Kayode Olagunju spoke yesterday in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Calabar.
Olagunju said the act empowered the commission to determine and enforce speed limiter for all vehicles.
According to him, it also empowers the commission to control the use of speed limiting devices.
He explained that the National Road Travelling Regulation Act 2012, Regulation 152 Sub-section (4) “says a person cannot drive a vehicle that is not fitted with speed limiter on any public road.
“I wish to tell Nigerians that the planned installation of the speed limiting device is legal. Section 10, Sub-section (3m) of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007 empowers the commission with the mandate to enforce the use of the device.
“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 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 to also get the collaboration of stakeholders.’’
According to him, the corps. will start installation of the device with commercial vehicles on October 1, as commercial vehicles account for about 60 per cent of road accidents.
On driver’s licence, Olagunju cautioned officers against issuing fake licences to the public, warning that the commission will not tolerate unwholesome practices.