The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has stated its readiness to start the installation of the speed-limiting devices in commercial vehicles.
The installation is to begin today (Wednesday) as planned after constant postponement since the original take-off date of September 1, 2015.
According to Bisi Kazeem, Corps spokesman, all hands are on deck for a smooth operation. Field and sector commands of the agency are fully mobilised while the army, police, civil defence, the Department of State Services (DSS) and other security services are standing by to provide security.
Kazeem said defaulters would either pay a fine of N3,000 or in extreme situations, have their vehicles impounded.
He said: “Enforcement of the speed limiting device commences tomorrow (Wednesday) and there is no going back.
“In readiness, the field commands have been fully mobilised to commence full blast enforcement nationwide.”
He made it known that a portal for the speed-limiting device has been created and is currently operational. The portal is supposed to facilitate the enforcement and also give notice of successful installation.
Added to this, a template for daily reports has been designed and made available to command while booking sheets denoting Failure to Install Speed Limiting Device (FSLD) have been distributed to officials of the agency.
Other structures in place are mobile courts which might be foregone if they slow down enforcement; a situation room to monitor and collate daily reports and test-run for the clampdown; and a Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) which has been dispatched and is to be shared to all security agencies.
The choice of commercial vehicles as the start-off point is not random as FRSC statistics show that over 50 per cent of road accidents involve at least one commercial vehicle.
A committee, comprising officials from the FRSC, Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) and the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), is in charge of the vending of the device.