How government can reduce tyre accidents, by Arowosaye
Except there is a cohesive approach that will address key challenges in the tyre sector in Nigeria, reducing the high rate of deaths recorded yearly as a result of bad tyres may not see any meaningful drop, Managing Director of Moragoff Arrow International Limited, Mahroof Arowosaye has said.
According to regulatory agencies, tyre adds exponentially to the incidence of road crashes in Nigeria but for a lasting solution, Arowosaye told The Guardian that sufficient policy and planned effort by government towards sanitisation and education would go a long way to address the challenge.
He said the fact that there were no tyre manufacturing company in Nigeria, and the lack of measures to monitor the influx of substandard products, particularly tyres into the country may continue to impede efforts to purge the market.
Though Nigeria has a large market that could attract manufacturers into the country, Arowosaye said, there are no policies to protect tyre manufacturers in the country.
To him, It is cheaper to produce outside the country, particularly substandard goods and bring it to Nigeria because the market is not regulated, adding that “Nigeria can’t even trace some tyres to the importer.”
“Unless government protects whoever that is producing so that whatever they produce will be consumed locally, you may not see any manufacturer. There must be federal government policy to protect and create avenue for sustainability,” Arowosaye stated.
Arowosaye, who said Dunlop and Michelin never went to Ghana after leaving Nigeria, noted that government failed to provide adequate market for the companies.
He said vehicles imported into the country must be restricted to certain sizes of tyre to create market for local manufacturers.
“We see a lot of imported vehicles coming into Nigeria with different sizes. And you know what a mode costs to produce one size. That means even tyres that are being produced in Nigeria won’t meet all the conditions because government policies are not there to regulate sizes of cars that should be imported”.
Arowosaye said since there was no manufacturing company in Nigeria, better test of tyre may remain difficult.
However, with proper regulation, tyres could be deciphered through the information on the sidewall of every tyre, the expert noted.
Arowosaye, who doubted the technical know-how of the Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON), and the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), in the area of tyre, said collaborative effort would be required to win the campaign against fake tyre.
Technology has altered the business of tyre repair and service, he said, lamenting that roadside mechanics were only adding to the plight of Nigerians motorists.
He urged motorists; particularly fleet operators to seek necessary information on tyre applications.
Arowosaye said: “Most of the commercial transporters normally use rim 15 but in rim 15 alone we have large truck and we have car tyres but they (commercial transporters) will apply the car tyre instead of large truck tyre. The tyre will definitely fit to the rim but it is a wrong application because it does not have the capacity to carry the load. The tendencies are that the tyres can cause damage easily”.
Advising motorists to visit professionals for necessary information, he said that both over inflation and under inflation of tyre are dangerous to lives and properties.
“The problem is worse when you see educated people believing in whatever roadside mechanics tell them. How could a learned person rely on roadside vulcaniser? he questioned.