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FRSC: Reps halt enforcement of speed limit device

By The Citizen

The House of Representatives, on Thursday, passed a resolution restricting the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) from enforcing the regulation mandating motorists to install speed limit devices on their vehicles.

The resolution followed the unanimous adoption of a motion under matters of urgent public importance sponsored by Rep. Phillip Shaibu (APC-Edo).

The House further resolved to summon the Corps Marshal of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, to explain why enforcement of the use of the speed limit device should not be discontinued.

Shaibu expressed concern that the introduction of the speed limit device by the FRSC would expose motorists to hazards of armed robbery, car-snatching and assassination.

According to him, the device had been experimented and abandoned in other African countries due to observed disadvantages, adding that the speed limit device instructs a vehicle computer system to cut off fuel flow to the electronic injector system of the vehicle engine once the pre-set speed is exceeded.

'Indeed, it is an out-dated technology. Its introduction will expose motorists to hazards of criminals, such as armed robbers, car snatchers and assassins who ply the roads. This is more apt given the security challenges Nigeria is presently grappling with,' Shaibu said.

He advocated the use of an alternative applicable technology known as Spider Technology which uses high technology mobile cameras installed on FRSC patrol vehicles to detect, monitor and track observance of speed limits on highways.