Federal Road Safety Corp Marshal, Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi has announced the enforcement of speed limiters on commercial vehicles will commence nationwide on October 1st, 2016.
The Initial date for commencement of the enforcement was slated for June 1st, 2015 but was extended to create more awareness. The October 1st, 2016 commencement date is tagged the first phase as it captures commercial vehicle owners. The second phase will capture all other vehicle owners in Nigeria however, the date has not yet been fixed.
According to Oyeyemi, “The policy on the use of the speed limiters device was carefully enunciated based on the expert advice of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria; the National Automotive Design and Development Council as well as stakeholders’ support as a way of addressing the challenges of speed-related road carnage in the country”.
Meanwhile, the speed limiter policy has continued to attract reactions from the public, especially, drivers, whose constituency, the policy directly affects. “A veteran journalist, Soni Daniel, while reacting to the introduction of the device, said the policy was a first grade service under the direct supervision of the presidency via the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF) with which it hopes to draw blood from poor Nigerian commercial drivers and smile to the bank with close to about N900 billion under the guise of installing a novel ‘speed limiter’ technology on all commercial vehicles
“The presidency officials appear to have been ‘tripped’ by the huge potentials and unrivalled benefits of the speed limiter which would see no fewer than 25 million commercial drivers coughing out N36,000 each to be able to install the ‘life-saving’ devices in their vehicles.”
“In the second phase, all vehicle owners in Nigeria, are to be taxed with a yet to be determined fee to clamp the same device on their vehicles in a bid to ensure safety on the road and bring Nigeria into the class of hi-tech nations on highway safety, according to the FRSC. The project is simple and no right-thinking person can resist the ‘essential and life-saving’ project, which, according to the commission, is overdue in Nigeria.”
The policy has not been without challenges as it is fraught with legal fireworks. An indication that Nigerians are not eager to go along with the FRSC in its current move to introduce speed limiter technology on their vehicles for many reasons. The commission made a fortune from Nigerians not long ago and showed no remorse for its greed.