The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) on Thursday said 772 out of the 9000 Road Traffic Accidents (RTCs) recorded in 2015 across the country were caused by burst tyres.
The FRSC Head of Operations, Mr Adei Abu, disclosed this in Dutse at a road safety stakeholders’ campaign on good use of tyres.
“We are here in Jigawa to educate the general public on the expiry dates of tyres. This is because we believe that when we educate them, they will pay more attention and do the right thing.
“You see, out of the 9,000 RTCs recorded in the previous year across the country, 772 of them were caused by burst tyres,’’ Abu said.
Abu said the FRSC had observed that the recent increase in accidents country-wide was as a result of a similar issue.
He explained that the commission had, therefore, seen the need to educate all stakeholders so as to check the menace.
The FRSC official said the the campaign was attended by tyre dealers, vehicle owners, drivers, vulcanisers and other stakeholders.
“We all know the importance of tyres to our vehicles and we have observed that, of recent, most accidents on our major roads were caused by burst tyres.
“So as a responsible organisation, we deemed it necessary to educate all stakeholders so as to find a lasting solution to the menace,’’ he said.
Abu pointed out that most road traffic crashes were caused by human errors, not the condition of the roads as claimed by some individuals.
“If you reason very well, you will notice that most of the crashes are caused by human errors.
“For example, a driver should be able to notice road signs suggesting sharp bends, speed breakers, junctions, roundabouts and the rest of them.
“Sometimes, drivers just keep speeding until they come across these speed breakers or potholes and will end up unable to control their vehicles, thereby, crashing into either the pothole or something else,’’ he noted.
The FRSC boss said its personnel would impound vehicles found with expired tyres.
“Yes, we will impound such vehicles with expired tyres and keep them in our compound until the owners buy new tyres.
“Once, you bring and change the expired tyre, then we allow you to go with your vehicle,’’ Abu said.