FRSC Warns Against Using Expired And Fairly Used Tyres

frsc, fairly used, expired tyresThe Federal Road Safety Corps has organised an awareness programme for commercial drivers against the usage of expired and fairly used tyres, which it said is responsible for most of the accidents along highways in the country.

The sensitization programme on the need for drivers to use right and quality tyres was held at the premises of the Harmony Transport Services, Ilorin.

In his welcome address, the Kwara State Sector Commander, Sunday Maku, urged drivers to change tyres every four years after manufacturing or after 8,000 kilometres.

He advised drivers to change two tyres at once and they should be at the back and not the front as this would allow proper grip on the road.

Also contributing, the Zone 8 Commander of FRSC, John Meheux, during a demonstration, said that wrong usage of tyres and non-usage of quality could easily lead to accidents.

He urged the drivers to always check the manufacturing and expiry date of tyres constantly.

The Corp Marshall of the FRSC represented by Deputy Corp Marshall, Ademola Lawal, while also condemning the usage of fairly used tyres, admitted that the economic situation of the country might not allow people to purchase new ones.

He, however advised the transport unions to form cooperatives to purchase new tyres in bulk for their members.

The Deputy State Chairman of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Alhaji Baba Abata, who spoke in Yoruba, challenged the FRSC to ensure that fairly used tyres are not imported to guard against their usage instead of blaming the commercial drivers.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Corps Marshall told Channels Television that the percentage or actual number of deaths, injuries or accidents as a result of the bad tyres could not be given as it was yet to be computed.

FRSC Goes Tough On Bad Tyre Import

Tyre-FRSCThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has directed its officials to impound vehicles with expired tyres plying Nigerian roads.

This instruction takes immediate effect following the rising cases of tyre-induced road accidents in recent times.

The Corp Marshall of the FRSC, Boboye Oyeyemi, gave the directive on Monday at a news conference attended by Senate leaders, ministers, service chiefs and other stakeholders in Abuja, Nigeria’s capital.

He said that accidents caused by substandard or expired tyres have been responsible for scores of accidents in 2016 alone, hence the need to crack down on offenders.

Giving their opinions on the issue, the Director General, Standard Organisation of Nigeria, Paul Angya, and the Chairman, Senate Committee on Federal Character and Inter-governmental Affairs, Tijjani Kaura, decried the high rate of tyre import in Nigeria.

They said that the market was awash with over 250 brands of imported tyres, most of which were substandard and could barely survive two years on the road.

They maintained that it would no longer be business as usual for the traders.

The event came on the heels of a deadly car crash that left 12 Ekiti State medical doctors dead and another accident involving seven secondary school students of Kano State.

On investigation, the FRSC confirmed that the accidents were largely caused by tyre burst, owing to over-speeding.

SON raids two markets in FCT and Nasarawa state

As part of efforts to rid the nation of fake and sub-standard products, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) stormed two major markets in Abuja and Nasarawa State to seize fake products.

The Head of Administration and Human Capital of the organisation, Mr. Paul Angya who led the exercise said the raid became imperative following the refusal of traders to stop selling fake and sub-standard goods.

The exercise which caught traders at Abuja International Building Materials Market and Mararaba Building Materials Market in Nasarawa state unaware saw the organisation sealing off some shops stocked with fake and sub-standard products.

Officials of the enforcement team of the organisation were accompanied by police officers when they stormed the Abuja International Building Materials Market in Dei-Dei, a satellite town in the Federal Capital Territory with the mission to rid the market of fake and sub-standard goods.

The raid however witnessed a minor resistance as one of the traders challenged the team for carrying out the exercise but he was promptly arrested.

With the arrest of one of the traders, officials of the organisation proceeded to seal some shops found to be stocking fake products but this brought about mixed reactions from some of the traders.

The Head of the enforcement team of the organization, who doubles as the Director, Administration and Human Capital, Paul Angya, however said that traders have no excuse to stock fake products having been given two weeks’ notice to clear the markets of such products.

A similar exercise was also carried out at neighboring Mararaba Building materials market in Nasarawa state where some fake products were seized.

The SON promised to make the exercise a regular one across the nation, so as to stop persons who specialize in stocking fake products from circulating substandard products.