The National Union of Road Transport Workers, (NURTW) said it will fully support the enforcement of introduction of Speed Limit Device by the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC). The President of the Union, Alhaji Najeem Usman-Yasin, stated this while speaking with the Kwara House of Assembly Correspondents in llorin on Thursday. Usman-Yasin described the introduction of the device as a measure to check over speeding and ultimately reduce accidents on the highways. The President of the Union urged members to comply with the device which, he said, will commence in February 2017.
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The House of Representatives Committee on Federal Road Safety Commission has endorsed the move by the Federal Road Safety Corps to introduce speed limiting devices on vehicles in the country as part of measures to curb road crashes.
Speed limiters have several potential safety benefits. They reduce the top speed of vehicles to a pre-set limit. Although this may reduce overall crash risk it is more likely to lessen the severity of a crash. Speed limiters also reduce speed variability, thereby reducing lane change and deceleration maneuvers. Speed limiters have also shown to reduce approach speeds at intersections, curves and roundabouts.
However, there are also potential benefits beyond safety. Higher speeds are less fuel -efficient. Speed limiters have been shown to be fuel-efficient and could lead to substantial fuel savings. Less fuel consumption means a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and longer tyre life. Speed limiters can produce 10% to 15% overall cost reduction when limiting speeds to about 60 mph, with most of the savings coming from fuel, tyres and maintenance.