FRSC Begins Enforcement of Speed Limiting Device on Vehicles | Sets mobile courts across the nation

The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) says it is
set for full enforcement of the installation of speed limiting device in
commercial vehicles scheduled to begin nationwide on Wednesday.
Spokesman of the corps, Mr Bisi Kazeem, told
newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja that sector and field commands of the agency had
been fully mobilised for the exercise.
Kazeem said that the army, police, civil
defence, Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies were on
standby to provide security support.
He stated that mobile courts had been set up
nationwide for the purpose, adding that defaulters could pay up to N3,000 as
penalty depending on the discretion of the courts.
“In readiness for the full enforce tomorrow,
the field commands have been fully mobilised to commence full blast enforcement
of the SLD nationwide.
“To facilitate enforcement, a portal of speed
limiting device (SLD) was created and is operational and a short code to
confirm the installation of SLD is active.
“A standard operating procedure (SOP) has been
dispatched with a directive that copies of those SOP be shared to security
agencies within the commands’ areas of jurisdiction.
“A template for daily report has also be
designed and forwarded to commands, while booking sheets with Failure to
Install Speed Limiting Device (FSLD) have been distributed to field commands,’’
he said.
For effectiveness, the spokesman added that
sector commanders had been instructed to carry out joint patrols with unit
commands in the whole of February.
According to him, commands are expected to hold
mobile court sittings from the onset, and where mobile courts are likely to
slow down enforcement they can proceed without them.
“We have created a situation room to monitor
and collate report on daily basis and test-run for the clampdown.
“Sector commands are fully prepared and have
made arrangements for security backups and joint patrols with the police, civil
defence, army and other security agencies,’’ he said.
The SLD installation had been postponed thrice
since Sept. 1, 2015 following appeal by stakeholders.
Kazeem said that the high rate of involvement
of commercial vehicles in road traffic crashes across the country informed the
need to begin the enforcement with them, adding that there was no going back on
the policy.
Citing FRSC statistics, he said that commercial
vehicles accounted for over 50 per cent of the total number of vehicles
involved in road crashes in the country.

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