Following the continuous highway mishaps experienced in the country, the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Monday, announced that it would hence forth impound vehicles with expired and substandard tyres.
This is just as the commission blamed some of the road accidents in Nigeria on the importation of substandard tyres due to poor border control.
Speaking on the matter at the Stakeholders’ Forum on Tyres with the theme, “Promoting Safe Tyre use in Nigeria’’, the FRSC Corps Marshal, Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, said the measure became necessary to curb incessant road accidents usually caused by poor tyre usage in vehicles.
“What we’re going to commence immediately is that any vehicle that has expired tyres or substandard tyres, we’re going to impound the vehicles,” Oyeyemi said. “Enough is enough to this. All the crises we’re talking about from February this year to April, they were all tyre-related.
“After impounding it (the vehicle), we’ll ask the owner to go and replace it with a genuine one. The passengers we’ll arrange for their continuous journey so as to reduce the pains. But I will not allow an expired tyre fitted on a vehicle to continue the journey.”
“Nigerians will have to choose between life and death. “It’s either you use a fake or substandard tyre and then with the temperature of 41 degrees have a tyre blow out and a life is lost or you buy a genuine tyre and play safe.
“New tyres are not so costly: with N11, 000 now you can get a new tyre, whereas these fairly used tyres cost between N5, 000 and N6, 000: the choice is yours,“ Oyeyemi said.
The FRSC Boss also decried the lack of tyre manufacturing companies in the country, even as he appealed to Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN) and its allies to do their utmost best in ensuring that the situation is addressed.
“It’s not a problem that started today, we’ve been raising this alarm since Dunlop and Michelin shut down in Nigeria and relocated,” the FRSC boss said.
“So it’s a result of this that led to over 250 different distorted substandard tyres in the country today and we appeal to Manufacturers Association of Nigeria and Nigerian Association of Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture to do their very best in looking into this and see how tyre manufacturing plants can be brought into life.”
“Nigeria is too big not to have a tyre manufacturing plant. That is the bane of the problem we have on ground today.”