By Ephraim Oseji
Akwa Ibom StateCoordinator, Standards Organisation of Nigeria, (SON), Mr Dauda Mshella, has advised motorists to confirm the road worthiness of their tyres before embarking on any journey to reduce road accidents during the Yuletide.
Mshella said the advice became necessary as most of the tyres in the market were either expired or sub-standard, pointing out that 15 percent of tyres in Nigerian markets are not road worthy which accounts for most of the road accidents during festive periods.
Speaking with Vanguard in Uyo, yesterday, Mshella disclosed that most of the new tyres on display in the shops appear to be new but are expired considering the manufacture date usually inscribed on the side of the tyres.
He said, “Customers are often deceived by the new look of the tyres and hurriedly pay for them without confirming the expiry date which is boldly inscribed on the tyres.
“Most of the tyres arrive the country four years after manufacture. For a tyre that has only five years life-span, it means such tyres would have expired before it gets to the local market, while all the features of a brand new tyre are visible.
“All manufactured tyres have four to five years life span. Most tyres would have expired on transit. That is the more reason why it is important to confirm the manufacture date before purchase is made.”
The state Coordinator also condemned the sales of imported used tyres to motorists in the country, lamenting, “Motorists, especially commercial vehicle, conveying fifteen passengers or more, on our highways, running on second hand tyres, is an uninsurable risk”.