By Theodore Opara
The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, FRSC, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, has disclosed that the solution to sub-standard tyres which cause most accidents in the country lies on local tyre production.
Oyeyemi made this known at a presentation of a paper titled Merits of the Proper Use of Tyres delivered at the 2018 National Tyre Conference, organised by the National Automotive and Development Council (NADDC) in Kano with the theme Strategy for Resuscitating Tyre Industry in Nigeria.
The Corps Marshal attributed the 5,562 road traffic accidents across the country between 2012 to 2017 to sub-standard tyres.
He gave the breakdown of total crashes that were caused by tyres from 2012 to 2017 as follows: 2012 (693 crashes); 2013 (1,271 crashes); 2014 (873 crashes); 2015 (813 crashes); 2016 (689 crashes); and finally, in 2017 a total of 691 crashes representing 7.36% of the total crash recorded.
Dr. Oyeyemi’s presentation featured a survey conducted by FRSC on use of tyres on Nigerian roads in 2016 where it was discovered that of the 2,486 vehicles and 10,024 tyres that constituted the population of the survey, 39% tyres are not expired as against 61% that are ; 50% tyres are new, 35% fairly used tyres, and 15% re-bore tyres; 9% are complete wornout tyres as against 91% that are not complete worn-out.
Continuing, he said that 60% of the vehicles surveyed have correct tyre pressure while 40% have incorrect tyre pressures. Of this category, 26% of the tyres were over-inflated and 14% under- inflated; 42% of motorists either did not have or have poor knowledge of tyre expiration date, while 58% have good knowledge of tyre expiration dates.