The National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) has called for sustained awareness of the public to the benefits of using the speed limiting device before its enforcement.
The Chairman of the union in Enugu State, Mr Matthew Asogwa, made the call in an interview with our reporter on Saturday.
Asogwa urged the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) to give commercial drivers adequate time to acquire and mount the devices on their vehicles.
“Most of the NURTW members cannot afford the devices now because they are citing the prevailing economic situation in the country as a major reason.
“I call on the agency involved to give us more time; it should also sensitise the drivers and vehicle owners the more, so that everyone will have the required knowledge about the device,’’ he said.
The chairman expressed the union’s support for the use of the device, but said that NURTW would not succumb to pressure aimed at exploiting its members.
“We are not against any government policy and we will always support the government when it comes to policies that concern the transportation sector in Nigeria; but we will not succumb to pressure to exploit our members,’’ he said.
He advised drivers to discard vehicles that are not roadworthy in order to reduce the likelihood of accidents on the highways.