Tuesday, 28 February 2017

Speed Limiter: Commercial vehicles yet to comply in Akwa Ibom

The Unit Commander of Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Eket Command, Mr Nicholas Akueme said that commercial vehicles were yet to comply to obtain Speed Limiting Device (SLD), in their vehicles in the state.

Akueme stated this in an interview with newsmen in Eket Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom at weekend.

He said that over 30 commercial vehicles had been impounded and booked for SLD violations and failure to obtain the device in the area.

“For what I observed, a lot of the commercial vehicles have not complied but they are aware of the speed limiter,’’ Akueme said.

He said that the command had sensitized and visit relevant stakeholders and NURTW on the importance of speed limiting device in the country.

“We have sensitized drivers at the park and members of the different unions on the need to quickly abide on the SLD enforcement,’’ he said.

Akueme added that the command would ensure total compliance of commercial vehicles in order to acquire the aim in the device was meant for.

The Unit Commander said that the challenges faced by the FRSC personnel included the resistance of the commercial drivers, stubbornness. He said that the Commission are not the marketer of the device neither the price are regulated by the commission Akueme explained that the advantages of the device included reduction of fuel consumption, elongation of the life of the vehicles and save drivers from excessive speed.

Responding, Mr Samuel Ekpeikot, Chairman of Park Management Committee, in Eket appealed to the Federal Government to give room for extension of the device in view of the hardship in the country.“Federal Government should give us sometimes, I will talk with the drivers on the need to comply with the speed limiting device,’’ he said.

Ekpeikot said that he would talk with the commercial drivers on the need to adhere to Advisory Enforcement of the device.

He also said that the devices are very exorbitant in view of the recession in the economy.Our Correspondent recalled that the commission commences the full enforcement of the speed limiting device on commercial vehicles in the country on Feb. 1.

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