The Federal Road Safety Commission on Sunday said an estimated 2,800 commercial vehicle drivers were ticketed for failing to install speed limiting devices in their automobiles.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, issued a reminder in August warning owners of commercial vehicles to equip them with speed-limiting devices no later than October 1, 2016.
But the FRSC statement Sunday, which was signed by its spokesman Bisi Kazeem, indicated that many drivers are yet to comply with the road safety directive which commenced on Saturday.
Mr. Kazeem, however, said drivers who were issued tickets were part of a mock enforcement exercise and will not part with their money for now. But he said violations of the speed-limiting devices will start attracting fines from January 2017.
“The enforcement will be put in place by January and we urge all commercial vehicle operates to comply with this guidelines the FRSC put in place as a better safety measure for them and their passengers,” Mr. Kazeem said.
The spokesperson said the FRSC also billed the exercise as free safety checks which road transport stakeholders have agreed to participate in.
“In the coming days, the leadership of the organised transport unions, such as, National Union of Road Transport Workers, Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers, Nigerian Association Of Road Transport Owners, Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, among others, shall be involved in the advisory enforcement by joining FRSC’s top officers for patrol activities,” Mr. Kazeem said.