The Federal Road Safety Commission has said that despite the cost involved in the installation of speed limiter device in vehicles to control over-speeding, the policy will ensure the safety of lives and property through the reduction of road mishaps by 50 per cent.
It would be recalled that the federal government had on October 1st, 2016 embarked on the enforcement of the policy on installation of speed limiter devices in vehicles as panacea to the issue of over-speeding. But the cost implication to install the speed limiting gadgets have become an issue of urgent public concern as some members of the public say the policy is a revenue generation mechanism for the government and not necessarily to serve any purpose as claimed by the federal government .
Anambra sector commander of the Federal Road Safety Commission, Mr. Sunday Michael Ajayi, while addressing journalists yesterday at Awka-South council area during a sensitisation programme on the efficacy of speed limiter and compliance level so far, explained that the policy should not be seen from the point of view of sapping people of their hard earned money but should be looked at from the point of view of saving lives and property adding that the procurement cost is insignificant when compared with its benefits.
Ajayi further disclosed that the commission has embarked on verification of compliance level on the installation of speed limiter devices. He said what the commission adopted as a strategy was advisory enforcement to prevail on those who have not complied, to install the technological device in their vehicles even as he pointed out that a lot of fleet operators in the state have not complied with the new policy.