On February 1, this year, full enforcement into the law of the installation of Speed Limiting Devices (SLDs) on commercial vehicles plying on Nigerian roads, was made mandatory by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) in an effort to reduce accidents. Three Months later, Science Writer, STANLEY CHIBUIHEM AMALAHA, takes a look at the effects of the enforcement on the populace
Following our recent sensitization in the Sunday Telegraph of March 19, (pg10) 2017, titled: ‘Speed Limiting Devices and their engineering mechanisms’, Three months later, Science Telegraph examines the effect of the enforcement of the device on commercial vehicles in Nigeria.
Reaction obtained from Mrs Omolola Mary Lamidi, Director, Ominet Technology, an ICT firm, and an ‘accredited’ Super Vendor at Block L 4&5, Joke plaza, Bodija, Ibadan, shows that the enforcement of the installation of Speed Limiting Devices on a commercial vehicles across the country progressing.
“Speed Limiting Devices (SLDs) are electro mechanical devices which can be fitted in a vehicle to restrain it from moving more than the stipulated speed limit as directed by the Federal Road Safety Commission.
Since the enforcement on February 1 this year, about 30 percent of commercial vehicles have been installed in Nigeria, and the device has tremendously helped to reduce accidents on Nigerian roads by about 50 percent,” she said.
Mrs. Lamidi further suggested that all Nigerians should comply by installing speed limiting devices in their vehicles.
In another highlight on the effects of Speed Limiting Devices, Mr Remi Shonibare, Project Manager, X Net Security Technologies Limited another Super Vendor and one of the leading firms in automobile security situated in Amuwo Odofin Industrial Estate, (Near mile 2) Lagos, commented : “We have been installing speed limiters with the standard regulation of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC).
Statistics obtained from FRSC, shows that there has been significant reduction in the number of road accidents in Nigeria, when compared with what it was before the enforcement on February 1 this year.”