LAGOS – The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) yesterday said motorists should desist from the use of expired tyres otherwise called “Tokunbo tyres” on highways to avert fatal accidents, especially during the Yuletide.
Mr Godwin Ogagaoghene, the Zonal Commanding Officer in charge of Ogun and Lagos States, told newsmen in Lagos that the use of such tyres could endanger the lives of drivers and their passengers.
“All hands must be on deck to curb loss of lives on our roads. Every road user must be careful, especially during the festive time.
“Excessive speeding is a crime, overloading is a crime and we should avoid them. Let everyone consider safety paramount.
“We must also avoid driving under the influence of alcohol because only the living can celebrate.
“The use of Tokunbo tyres are also discouraged,” the FRSC boss said.
According to him, most drivers that purchase expired tyres assume that they are saving money but they are endangering their lives and those of others.
Ogagaoghene said: “If anyone purchases Tokunbo products, it shouldn’t be tyres of vehicles.
“The commission has started special patrol along some accident prone areas in the zone to reduce losses on the roads”
The zonal commanding officer said the commission was ready to work round the clock to ensure free-flow of traffic during the yuletide.