The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) on Monday said it would begin to confiscate vehicles with expired or substandard tyres. This piece of information was floated by Mr Boboye Oyeyemi, the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of FRSC. he made this known while speaking at a stakeholders’ forum in Abuja, organised by the FRSC. The meeting was organised in furtherance of the agency’s mandate to intensify and sustain its enlighten of motorists on the dangers of using bad tyres.
Mr. 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,”. 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, we will ask the owner to go and replace it with a genuine one. The passengers will 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,” Mr. Oyeyemi said.
The FRSC boss lamented the lack of tyre manufacturing companies in the country and appealed to appropriate authorities 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”. So it is 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.”