FRSC Educates Motorists On Tyre Usage In Anambra

Tyre, FRSC, AnambraThe Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) has embarked on a one-day sensitisation programme for motorists and other stakeholders in Anambra State.

The host and Anambra State Sector Commander of FRSC, Mr Sunday Ajayi, said that the event was organised for the motorists to be acquainted with all the necessary information about tyres in terms of usage and when to discard them to avoid accidents and deaths on the roads.

Supervising the event, the Deputy Corps Marshal, Chidi Nwachukwu, revealed that from 2012 to present, seven to 10% of deaths recorded as a result of road crashes were attributable to tyre burst.

He advised the motorists to check the over 35 pieces of information written on the body of the tyre before purchasing one.

The Anambra State Commissioner for Rail, Water and Land Transportation, Chinwe Nwaebili, commended the corps for the sensitisation and the state government for constructing good roads while he urged motorists to use the road with caution.

In their various remarks, an official of the Standards Organisation of Nigeria, Edet Esan, spoke about the life span of tyres and the role of the agency in checking the sale of substandard tyres while the President of the New Tyre Dealers Association, Okechukwu Atuenyi, gave exposition on how to check the life span of a tyre.

The high point of the event was the field campaign on ‘know your tyre’ whereby motorists where guided on the exact gauge of their tyres and how to identify good tyres.

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.