Substandard tyre dealers are set to face life in prison as the Acting Director-General of Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), Paul Angya, launched a major crackdown on bad tyres that increase the likelihood of crash.
Angya on Monday in Abuja said that five years jail term or an option of N50 million fine awaited substandard tyre dealers in Nigeria at the Federal Road Safety Commission’s (FSRC) and Stakeholders Forum on Tyres with the theme
“Promoting Safe Tyre use in Nigeria.”
“We now have several sanctions for those who use substandard tyres , our law has now been strengthened to say that if you deliberately manufacture a substandard product that is life threatening.
“You could be given up to five years in prison or a fine of 50 million; we intend to extend the interpretation to bring the general laws of the country to bear especially on tyres.
“So if we have proof that you dealt in a substandard tyre and the user of that tyre has an accident, and death occurs; we are going to make the law elastic and charge you with killing the people.
“As long as we can trace you, and it would be easy because we are trying to do that by having all dealers of tyres registered in Nigeria .
“Once we find you dealing in tyres and you are not registered it’s a presumption that you are dealing in substandard tyres that’s why you are not registered,” the SON acting DG said.
While speaking, FRSC Corps Marshal ,Mr. Boboye Oyeyemi blamed fatal wrecks on bad tyres, vehicle recalled and over speeding.
According to him: ” The vehicles of the six medical doctors and the driver killed on Abuja-Kaduna road and that of the eight Kano students and the driver were parts of those recalled by the manufacturers, Toyota-Japan.
“The tyres of the doctors vehicle that burst was manufactured in 2008 and expired in 2012 ,and they put it on a road from Ado Ekiti to Sokoto at the temperature of 41 degrees.”