FRSC To Introduce Stricter Measures On Tyre Importation
Following the increasing rate of road accidents in the country, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has said that it would introduce stricter measures on the importation of tyres. This was contained in a report he presented to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) on the death of the minister of state for labour and productivity, James Ocholi, his wife and son, on the Abuja-Kaduna road, on Sunday, March 6.
Boboye Oyeyemi, the FRSC corp marshall, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari would lead a campaign on compliance with speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles. He expressed FRSC’s concern over the attitude of drivers towards tyre care and maintenance, adding that most drivers have poor maintenance culture of tyres. “Motorists are further advised to avoid use of over-inflated or under-inflated tyres while directives have also been issued to ministries, departments and agencies on the compulsory use of rear seat belts. “Installation of communication equipment in convoys have also been suggested for real-time contacts. “Motorists must remember to activate hazard lights when stopped and liaise with FRSC for the training of drivers on how to drive in convoys,” he said. “Imbibing the speed limiting device advocated by FRSC for vehicles as well as ensuring periodic briefing of drivers on the need to obey traffic regulations and drive at regulated speed,” he said.
Meanwhile, the federal government has said that James Elegbede, driver of the late minister of labour and employment, James Ocholi, may face prosecution. Babachir David Lawal, the secretary to the government of the federation, stated that an interim report of the FRSC alleged that Elegbede was over speeding and had no license, adding that the final report on the accident will determine if he will be prosecuted or not.