Speed Limiting Device: FRSC Issues Citations To 21,744 Motorists

The Federal Road Safety Corps has issued citations to 21,744 commercial motorists between October 1-6, 2016 for their failure to instal speed limiting device in their vehicles.

The corps described the citations as an advisory enforcement, which did not attract any penalty or fines.

The Corps Marshal, Boboye Oyeyemi, who disclosed this during an interactive media chat on Friday in Abuja, said that 1,164 vehicles had so far installed the device.

He explained that the corps was engaging in advisory enforcement on account of the prevailing economic situation in the country, noting that the FRSC is encouraging motorists to instal the speed limiting device between now and December.

“We believe that before December, we should be able to have total compliance. The essence is to bring down road traffic crashes and reduce fatalities on our roads. Use of speed limiting device is not new in Nigeria; the major oil marketers have been using it in their tankers before now,” the FRSC boss said.

He added that full enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device in inter-city commercial buses and trucks would start in January 2017.

Oyeyemi, while lauding motorists for the increasing compliance with the directive, expressed appreciation to the various transport unions for supporting the FRSC’s efforts to reduce road crash and fatalities.

The Corps Marshal said his agency would continue to sustain its advocacy and enlightenment programmes on road safety, in particularly, the installation of speed limiting device to cut crashes associated with speeding.

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New Jersey Explosion: Bomb Squad Detonates Device

A suspicious device found near a New Jersey railway station exploded as a bomb squad was attempting to disarm it with a robot, officials say.

It was one of up to five devices found in a backpack inside a rubbish bin near the station in Elizabeth, according to the city’s mayor. No-one was hurt.

The discovery came after three attacks at the weekend – bombs in New York and New Jersey, and stabbings in Minnesota.

The explosion in New York’s Chelsea area injured 29 people.

In Elizabeth, New Jersey, police detonated a device on Monday following concerns it was a live bomb.

“That was not a controlled explosion,” said Mayor Christian Bollwage, adding that the blast happened as a robot examining a device cut a wire.

FBI Newark said a suspicious package contained “multiple improvised explosive devices”.

It was picked out of a bin by two men who thought the bag could contain something of value.

“They started to examine the backpack when they found the wires and the pipes and they dropped the backpack, walked around the corner, went into police headquarters and notified us right away,” said Mr Bollwage.

In New York City, the FBI said it had stopped a “vehicle of interest” in Brooklyn on Sunday but made no arrests.

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Installation of Speed Limit Device Legal – FRSC

Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Tuesday said the planned installation of the speed limiting device on vehicles plying public roads by the FRSC on October 1 is not illegal as viewed in some quarters.

The corps said the plan is in accordance with section 10 subsection (3m) of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007.

Assistant Corps Marshall of the FRSC, Dr. Kayode Olagunju, made the remark while fielding questions from newsmen in Calabar.

Olagunju who doubles as head of Policy, Research and Statistics in the corps, stressed that section 10 of the FRSC Act gives power to the corps to determine and enforce speed limit for all categories of vehicles plying the nation`s routes and also mandates the corps to control the use of speed limiting devices.

He said the law was made by the National Assembly, giving the corps the powers and mandate to carry out such enforcement.

Olagunju pointed out that the National Road Travelling Regulation Act 2012, regulation 152, sub section (4) says that “a person cannot drive a vehicle that is not fitted with speed limiteron any public road.

“I wish to tell all Nigerians that the planned installation of the speed limiting device is legal.

“Section 10, subsection (3m) of the FRSC Establishment Act 2007 empowers the corps with the mandate to enforce the use of the device.

“Also, the National Road Travelling Regulation Act 2012, regulation 152, sub-section (4), clearly states that a person cannot drive a vehicle that is not fitted with speed limiter on any public road.

“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 a 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 also get the collaboration of all stakeholders,” he said.

The assistant corps marshal averred that if the corps successfully installs the speed limiting device in commercial vehicles, it would reduce the rate of road accidents on the highways, adding that the corps would start the installation of the device with commercial vehicles on October 1, adding that about 60 per cent of road accidents involve commercial vehicles.

“We would start the installation with commercial vehicles first on October 1. This is because about 60 per cent of road accidents involve commercial vehicles,’’ he said.

While harping on the issue of drivers license, he warned officers of the corps to desist from issuing fake licenses to members of the public and stressed that the corps would not tolerate any of its personnel found wanting.

Speed-limiting Device Policy To Begin October 1- FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, on Wednesday said it would commence implementation of speed-limiting device on commercial vehicles in the country.

The announcement was made on Wednesday at the agency’s headquarters in Abuja.

Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, said he was happy to formally announce the commencement despite numerous obstacles faced by officials while analysing the technology and trying to convince Nigerians about the benefits of its acceptance.

Mr. Oyeyemi said the obstacles forced the agency to shift the launching date from initial June 1, 2015, schedule to the new date.

“The final directive from the presidency is clear; the enforcement date for the implementation of the speed limiting device is on Oct. 1 and we have had series of stakeholders meeting,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.

“The essence of today’s meeting is to finally convey the directive of the federal government to the stakeholders that with effect from Oct. 1, the implementation and enforcement would commence.”

Mr. Oyeyemi said a platform that will serve as monitoring system for total compliance of the policy had been put in place as well as punitive measures for errant drivers.

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