As part of its resolve to ensure harmonization and reduction of a unit cost of fitment of speed limiting devices (SLD) across the country, the Association of Speed Limiter Vendors of Nigeria (ASLON) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Highway Digital Nigeria Limited – a local manufacturer of SLD.
The MoU was signed by Mr Adekunle Alani, Chairman of ASLON, and Mr Habib Shatri, General Manager, Highway Digital Nig. Ltd on Friday in Abuja.
The event had an impressive array and representation by relevant stakeholders: Ministry of Transportation, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON), National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), fleet operators, transport and drivers unions etc.
According to Mr. Oyegoke Adekunle Alani, “Before now, some of us have been (and still) import SLDs abroad (China, India, South Africa and even from our neighbour, Kenya), in which exchange rate has been a serious challenge.
“This has kept the cost of fitment hovering between N35,000 to N45,000 from inception of the full enforcement, from February 1, 2017.
“Consequent upon the foregoing, we decided to engage one of us (Highway Digital Nig. Ltd), who has gotten the approval from the technical committee on the implementation of speed limiting device, which comprises; Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Standard Organization of Nigeria (SON) and National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) to be an indigenous manufacturer of speed limiting device, with a product name ITMS-NANO.”
The price for the fitment of a unit speed limiter which comprises of the cost of device, installation, certificate of fitment and technical fee now stands at N25,000, consequent upon the signing of the MoU.
Mr. Alani also urged end-users (commercial vehicle operators, fleet operators and other class of operators) to ensure their yearly renewal of fitment certificate because it is as important as the first installation.
The Corps Marshal of the FRSC in his address explained that ‘speed’ has been identified as a key risk factor in road traffic injuries, influencing both the risk of a road crash as well as the severity of the injuries that result from crashes.
Represented by ACM Efosa P. Osawe, he said: “A speed limiting device interacts with a vehicle engine to permit the attainment of a pre-programmed maximum speed. Speed limiters help you stay within the driving speed limit that is recommended by law.
“The FRSC in collaboration with all the relevant stakeholders, came up with Standards and Code of Practice developed by the Standards Organization of Nigeria (SON) and other Technical Committee members comprising of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and Nigeria Society of Engineers (NSE) to ensure that only accredited vendors that meet the predetermined standards are certified to procure and install speed limiting devices in motor vehicles.
“The Corps is pleased with the efforts of ASLON in ensuring a crash free society by evolving strategies for enhanced speed limit enforcement and compliance in Nigeria.”
He further added that: “Some research institutions such as SHEDA Science and Technology Complex and some Nigerian Universities like University of Ilorin and Covenant University have developed different versions of speed limiter and more are still coming.
“The Corps will not spare any vendor who indulges in any form of sharp practice. Those vendors whose companies were associated with cases of road traffic crashes on speed matters nationwide are being investigated and the Technical Committee on speed limiter will take appropriate disciplinary action in due course.
“A speed limiter web monitoring portal has been developed for monitoring the activities of all FRSC accredited speed limiter vendors online and archive same information in her central database, creating secured server channels, enhancing security and management of data.
“The portal (speedlimiter.frsc.gov.ng) allows vendors to upload vehicle information after installation. Vehicles installed by accredited vendors and uploaded to the portal can easily be verified with the following short code “confirmsld SPACE vehicle registration number” to 33811 by the public.
“It is expected that the progress will continue as enforcement is being intensified nationwide to ensure that all commercial vehicles are fitted with speed limiter. When fully complied with, the speed limiter initiative would make Nigeria join the league of other countries where the equipment has substantially reduced road traffic crashes. Significantly for Nigeria, the speed limiter initiative could translate to a wholesome reduction of road traffic crashes nationwide by at least 35%.”
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Author: Moses Emorinken, Abuja