SON to impound sub-standard tyres from dealers, importers
Over N20b worth of tyres destroyed in three years
Piqued by the loss of lives and properties arising from usage of substandard tyres in the country, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has concluded plans to impound sub-standard tyres from dealers, manufacturers and importers in the country through its reconstituted task force.
According to the Acting Director General SON, Dr. Paul Angya, the statistics from the Federal Road Service Corps (FRSC) showed that the number of lives lost through accidents arising from over-speeding and use of substandard tyres, is alarming, maintaining that in 2015, a total of 8986 road accidents were recorded with about 4910 people killed, out of which over 722 of those road crashes were due to burst tyres.
He stated that the agency’s record showed that seized, expired or bad tyres constitute almost the biggest howl in the agency’s warehouses where confiscated products are subjected to laboratory tests and analysis before public destruction, saying that SON has confiscated and destroyed fake tyres worth over N20 billion within the last three years.
The Acting SON boss during a stakeholders meeting with tyre dealers, manufacturers and importers, said: “You have 24 hours to clean up your stores if you have substandard tyres in your store. Please make sure that they disappear within 24 hours and make sure we do not find you with those tyres. Within 24 hours, our team is coming and now we have a law that authorises us to close you down for as long as we want without going to court and we will use it.
“This is what we have been suffering in Nigeria. We have invited you here to tell you that enough is enough and those dealing with substandard tyres, when we catch you, we will treat you as a murderer. We are not going to charge for dealing with fake and substandard tyres but charge you for killing innocent lives,” he said.
He added that the agency has a law to shut down operations of businesses caught for malpractices for three months without taking such to court.