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The Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) in the federal capital territory (FCT), Ayuba Gora, says driving with the aid of Google map is a serious traffic offence.

The FRSC official’s statement may send wrong signals to some mobility companies such as Uber, Bolt, and other companies with huge dependent on Google Map for service delivery.

TheCable quoted NAN where Gora said this at the inauguration of the “2019 Ember Months Campaign” by Lugbe unit command of the FRSC in Abuja on Wednesday.

He said the law forbids motorists from using mobile phones in any form while driving, as it can lead to an accident.

He also informed motorists that the corps will soon begin enforcement of installation of speed limiting devices.

“We will embark on massive checks of vehicles without this device soon and arrest those that disconnected the devices from their vehicles,” he said.

“It is very important that all vehicles should have the device installed in their vehicles. The required speed limit for commercial vehicles even on the highways should not exceed 90 km/hr for buses and taxis.

“By doing this today, we are simply reminding motorists that they must drive with care and observe traffic rules and regulations in order to make the job very easy for all of us.

“If you are arrested this period, you will not just pay fines but must be taken for emotional evaluation test in the hospital to ascertain your mental fitness before we let go.”

He urged the public to dial 122 or 112 in case they noticed unusual behaviour by road users and in the event of an accident.

Gora debunked speculations that the device damages car engine, saying it had nothing to do with the engine, but only cut fuel supply during attempted speeding.


“Once the vehicle reaches a predetermined top speed, the computer steps in and restricts the flow of air and fuel to the engine and even the sparks that cause combustion,” he said.

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“Either way, the vehicle will be unable to exceed the top speed as determined by the car’s manufacturer.

“The problem we have with the operators of these vehicles is that, when a speed limiting device has been installed, they tamper with it. In the process of tampering by disconnecting, it leads to a problem.”

Abdulłahi Diwa, divisional traffic officer, Nigerian Police Force, Lugbe Division, called for synergy between the law enforcement agencies to achieve greater result collectively.

Yakubu Abdullahi of the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, Lugbe command, appealed to FRSC to make such campaigns quarterly and not just during ember months going by the increase of road crashes in the country.

On his part, Dele Agboola, chairman, NURTW, Lugbe branch, pledged on behalf of members to be of good conduct, especially in this period, adding that a lot of campaigns were ongoing to sensitise the drivers on the need to be careful while driving.

There has not been statement from Google Nigeria and other mobility Companies on the statement attributed to the FRSC official.

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