Friday, 4 December 2015

Bad Tyre Is Major Cause of Accident--Road Safety Tells Motorists

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has identified use of bad tyres as a major cause of most road traffic crashes in the country.

Mr Sunday Ajayi, the Sector Commander of FRSC stated this at an awareness campaign on good tyres and tubes organised by New Tyre Dealers Association Nkpor, in Awka on Friday.

According to him, the use of good and correct specifications of tyres for various vehicles was important as it gets the impact of everything that happens in the vehicle unlike fairly used tyres popularly called 'tokunbo' that are dangerous and expensive in the long run.

"We want drivers and vehicle owners to buy new tyres because it is the contact between the vehicle and the road. The tyre is affected by everything including overloading, speeding and weather, some of these used tyres you buy may have expired and what you spend to replace them as they go bad is more than what you will spend to by new ones," he submitted.

Speaking in a lecture, Mr Edet Essang, a Director in the Anambra State office of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) posited that the fight against fake tyres was in the interest of the safety of Nigerian motorists, because according to him, every tyre has a manufacturing date and lifespan which every user must endeavor to find out usually on the side walls of the tyre.

He therefore urged road users to be conscious of the state of their tyres to ensure they are rightly inflated before embarking on journies.

Responding, Mr Sunday Ezenwobi, chairman of New Tyre Dealers Association Nkpor, lauded the FRSC for finding it worthy to partner every stakeholder on traffic safety, stressing that his members were concerned about the menace of tyre bursts and called for establishment of tyre maintenance centres. 
By Okechukwu Onuegbu



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