In a move to combat speeding and reduce road crashes, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) of Nigeria announced on December 11, 2023, a new policy requiring all locally assembled and imported vehicles to be pre-fitted with speed limiting devices. This decision aligns with the global initiative under the United Nations Decade of Action (2021-2030) on the Safe System Approach to road safety, which emphasizes technology and infrastructure improvements for enhanced safety.
Speeding remains a major contributor to road crashes in Nigeria, accounting for a staggering 52.5% of incidents in 2022. The FRSC believes pre-fitted speed limiters will be instrumental in curbing this dangerous practice and saving lives.
This new policy reflects the FRSC’s dedication to implementing the Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) (2021-2030), which advocates for a comprehensive approach to road safety. Collaboration with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) and other stakeholders is underway to establish the standards and specifications for these devices.
To ensure widespread understanding and compliance, the FRSC plans to launch a nationwide public awareness campaign. This proactive approach will educate Nigerians about the policy and its benefits, fostering a safer driving culture on the country’s roads.
The implementation of this policy signifies a significant step forward in Nigeria’s quest for improved road safety. By integrating technology into its strategy, the FRSC demonstrates its commitment to protecting citizens and creating a safer environment for all road users.