The Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has debunked a claim that the speed limit device reduces the life span of vehicle engines.
A commercial transport service group, National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, made the claim as one of the grounds for its objection to the rule by the FRSC that the device must be installed in motor vehicles.
The commission began enforcement of the rule in vehicles operating commuter services and haulage from October 1.
The public education officer of Plateau State sector of the FRSC, Andrew Bala, in a phone interview with PREMIUM TIMES, said the device has no negative effect on vehicles.
“Their claims is laughable. You and I know that speed kills not just occupants of a car, the engine is also affected. So how can speed limit device reduce the life span of an engine?
“The device is just to control speed, since most commercial drivers refuse to control their speed while driving”, he said.
Mr. Bala also denied the allegation by NURTW that FRSC had not carried out adequate sensitization campaign on the device.
“We have adequately sensitized the public. We held several campaigns, we told them the benefits and they accepted,” he said.
He said the FRSC is not responsible for installing the device in commercial vehicles, but is only enforcing compliance with the rule. According to Mr. Bala, the commission has licensed about 45 vendors to install the device.
Mr. Bala said the vendors have commenced installation of the device in registered commercial vehicles within Plateau state.
He said despite commencing enforcement of the rule, the FRSC was still going on with enlightenment campaigns on the benefits of the device.