FRSC to start arresting seat belt violators from January 1, 2015

The FRSC said seat belts could reduce injuries by 50 per cent

The Federal Road Safety Commission will from January 1, 2015 start arresting motorists and occupants of moving vehicles who fail to use seat belt.

Jonas Agwu, the Corps Public Education Officer, disclosed this in a statement he issued on Monday in Abuja.

The statement said the commission had begun a nationwide intensive campaign to enlighten people on compulsory use of seat belts by occupants of vehicles.

It directed personnel of the commission to conduct a “robust public enlightenment’’ campaign before January 1.

“This is a build up to the planned nationwide clamp down on erring road users, commencing on Jan. 1, 2015.

“The FRSC has noted, with concern, the high level of non-compliance by vehicle occupants on the seat belt directive.

“The Nigerian motoring public is more focused on front seat occupants while the rear seat occupants show high level of indifference to this directive,’’ the statement said.

It noted that the failure to use seat belts had posed serious challenge to the commission’s efforts at addressing road crashes in the country.

According to the statement, the use of seat belt by all occupants of moving vehicles can reduce the severity of injury sustained in road accidents by 50 per cent.

“Vehicle owners are hereby enjoined to ensure that their vehicles are fitted with front and rear seat belts.

“Similarly, commuters are also implored to comply with this directive by ensuring seat belt usage by front and rear seat passengers,’’ it said.


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  • sirjoka

    This is a simple case of misplaced priorities, which is one of our greatest problems in Nigeria.
    How will you enforce seat belt usage in a car meant for 5 people (which means 5 seat belts) but ends up carrying 7 or 8 people? How? Will you have passengers sharing seat belts or will it be a case of first-come-first-serve?
    Firstly, ensure passengers aren’t overcrowded by limiting the number a car can carry to what it was meant to. A saloon should carry only 4 passengers (1 front 3 back), a minivan 6 passengers (1 front, 3 middle and 2 back), a bus 7 passengers (1 front 3 middle 3 back). Then and only then can you say all should wear their seat belts coz nobody has an excuse not to because every passenger has one to his seat.
    Me thinks this is just an avenue to harass people and generate illicit funds which arent part of your job description .

    • Abu

      Correct

    • Abuhanifah

      You have just spoken what crossed my mind immediately I read the headlines. Sheer misplaced priority. FRSC, take note of sirjoka’s comment because it should be the starting point. “Trees are not climbed from the top ” says an adage.
      Pls FRSC before you implement what is in vogue in the developed countries, ensure you facilitate such by creating an enabling environment. It is sad that my country is plagued with this kind of myopic leadership in all most all its affairs.
      Too bad for us.
      If you have an iota of compassion, you will weep at the travails of the less privileged commuting our roads. God dey!

  • Sneaks

    Did u bother to consider passengers in a commercial bus?

  • Roy Chicago

    FRSC clamp down on over-speeding!!! Over-speeding is the No. 1 killer on Nigerian road. If you can focus on that, you would have reduced fatality by 89%. Many Nigerian drivers do not know the speed limit, they drive like they are going to HEAVEN and many eventually end there.