Motorists have been advised to change their tyres after use for 80,000 kilometers, whether they have expired or not.
The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) Unit Commander in Suleja, Niger, Assistant Corps Commander Olayinka Akande, gave the advice on Friday during “Operation Know Your Tyre” campaign in Suleja.
He said the corps had identified tyre- related challenges as major factor in traffic accidents, adding that knowledge would reduce carnage on the roads.
“Records of road traffic crashes in recent times showed that majority of fatal and serious crashes were the result of tyre bursts.
“We target the various associations like the NURTW, NARTO, RTEAN, tyre dealers, vulcanisers and motorcycle riders to enlighten them on important features on tyres, expiry date and inflating tyres”, he said.
Alhaji Diko Kassim, Chairman of Suleja Local Government Area, said the administration would set up a committee to address the various traffic obstructions in the town.
“A committee will soon be set up to look at the traffic challenges in the town towards addressing them. It will include stakeholders in the transport sector.
“The committee will proffer solution to decongest motor parks and provide sanity in traffic system”, he said.
Mr Benjamin Omo, tyre seller, told NAN that the campaign was worthwhile because most sellers do not have the technical knowledge of tyres.
“We just buy and sell tyres for business sake. The moment it’s new, we take it as good and fit. But this lecture has enlightened us a great deal to know the kind of tyre we sell”, he said.