With three days to go before the commencement and enforcement of speed limit by the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), there is ample tension among car owners, especially commercial transport workers, their union alike.

Despite the awareness and sensitisation that the Corps claimed it had carried out among commercial transport workers, you will find out otherwise when you engage some of these people.

It is still unclear if it is the motorists that are feigning ignorance or it is the FRSC that has not done enough on sensitisation.

In April, the House of Representatives challenged the right of the Corps to impose and install speed limits for vehicle owners at a cost, citing that individual car owners reserve the rights to install speed limits whenever they deem fit.

Meanwhile, sometimes in July, the Corps Marshal, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and the House of Representative have finally given the go-ahead to implement this project, stating that the exercise will begin from October 1.

In his defence of the Corps’ decision to introduce speed limiters, Dr. Oyeyemi said that the speed limiter is capable of reducing road accidents by 70 per cent.

He argued further that the purpose of installing speed limiters is to save lives and this far out-weighs the argument about its cost of installation.

As the deadline date draws near, here are a few facts you need to know about it:

A speed limiting device is used for controlling the speed of a vehicle or a device used to measure or regulate the speed of a vehicle. This device does not allow the driver to accelerate beyond the stipulated speed limit by law as has been programmed in the vehicle. So no matter how the driver wants to accelerate, the pre-set speed limit cannot and will not be exceeded.

There are two (2) major types of speed limiting devices – Mechanical speed limiting device and Electrical/Electronic speed limiting device. The approved marketers are certified by the major technical committee members which include the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), the National Automotive Council (NAC) and the FRSC.

Saturday, October 1, 2016 has been set for the commencement of enforcement of the installation of speed limit in Nigeria and the cost of installation is around N35,000.

Users of speed limiters are not allowed to tamper with the device but inform installers of any malfunction where they occur. The installers will also be responsible for the repair in case it develops technical faults.

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Author: Dotun Obatuyi

My name is Dotun Obatuyi (Dotunoba), I hail from Osun state, a public health scientist (monitoring and evaluation specialist), my keen interests are researching, critiquing and writing feature articles on health, science and technology as well as issues around the globe.