Haulage and logistics transporters under the aegis of Allied Truck Transporters Association of Nigeria (ATTAN), have cried out over alleged damage done to their vehicles by speed limiters.
They alleged that the use of the device, enforced by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), had damaged at least about six of their vehicles. ATTAN members, during a protest, also rejected the proposed use of consultants and commission agents in collecting transport revenue in Lagos State.
The ATTAN National Chairman, Evangelist Johnson Oyedemi, told journalists in Lagos that members of the association, as law-abiding citizens, had been paying their dues and levies but the intention of introducing ‘commission agents’ as revenue collectors was not acceptable. The latest is the introduction of what Oyedemi described as ‘Stage Carriage permit/Drivers, Conductors badges in Lagos State.
He said: “ATTAN members have been paying all applicable fees and dues to appropriate channels as at when due. It is a surprise to us when the Lagos Ministry of Transport invited us to a meeting informing us of the new system of paying revenue fees through ‘commission agents’. ATTAN’s Legal Adviser, Mohammed Lawal, explained that the action could only lead to multiple taxation and arbitrary increase if the Ministry of Transport goes on with the scheme.
However, when our correspondent visited ministry at Alausa, the acting Commissioner for Transport, Anofi Elegushi, was in a meeting. Meanwhile, ATTAN also condemned the importation and use of fake speed limiters which, according to them, damages vehicle engines.
According to Oyedemi, Nigerian roads are hilly as such trucks carrying heavy loads require speed on hills, but these substandard speed limiters would only impede fast movement uphill, thereby causing overheating and ‘engine knocking’. Reacting to this, Lagos State Sector Commander, FRSC, Corps Commander Hyginus Omeje, said all the speed limiters vendors across the country passed through screening process with Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and commission.