2nd July, 2012
By Jethro Ibileke/ Benin
The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), Edo state Sector, has given operators of right-hand steering wheel vehicles a 30-day ultimatum to convert them to left-hand or face prosecution if arrested.
A press statement signed by Kenneth Nwaegbe (mni), Corps Commander, Edo state Sector of FRSC, noted with utmost dismay that there has been a steady increase in the presence of right-hand steering vehicles in the country despite the ban of such vehicles some 40 years ago.
“Nigeria banned the use of right-hand steering vehicles in the country following the change from right hand to left hand drive on the nation’s roads in 1972. A Right-Hand Steering Drive change-over Act of 1972 was enacted to make it an offence for anyone to import or use right-hand steering vehicle in the country,” he said.
The Commission noted that National Road Traffic Regulation (2004) section 71 states that no vehicle with apparatus fitted on the right hand side shall be registered or driven on public roads, which, according to FRSC, constitutes hazardous practice fot both the user and other road users.
“At a time when the country is losing an average of three persons daily to road traffic crash, which is an impediment to state and national development, this therefore cannot be acceptable,” the statement concludes.