Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, Osita Chidoka, said on Wednesday that he had written to the Managing Director of Toyota Nigeria Limited and the management of Young Shall Grow Motors over high rate of crashes.
The FRSC boss, who spoke at a sensitization programme on speed limiting devices in Abuja, explained that investigations on commuter vehicles carried out by the FRSC between 2007-2012, showed that while Toyota Hiace buses were involved in 1,844 accidents, Young Shall Grow buses were involved in 32 crashes which resulted in 71 deaths and 93 injuries between January 2012 and June 2013
His words: “It is on record that Toyota Hiace YH3 buses were recalled in Australia as a result of fire in 1990 and recently in 2012. The 1990 safety recall closed August 26, 2010, the period Nigeria started recording high Toyota Hiace crashes involving fire incidents. The corps has therefore written to the Managing Director of Toyota to bring this menace to their attention,” he said.
While advising commercial transport owners to install speed limiting devices in their vehicles, The Corps Marshall lauded the voluntary commencement of installation of speed limiters by PMT and the ABC transport companies, saying the gesture is a means of preventing speed violation and avoidable road crashes
Secretary to Government of the Federation, Senator Pius Anyim said the Federal Government believed that speed limiting devices in commercial vehicles and trucks would reduce road crashes in the country.