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Tyre Bursts on Nigerian roads

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Sir: The rate at which lives are lost on our roads on daily basis due to tyre blowout needs urgent attention of relevant stakeholders to save more lives of Nigerians.

The Federal Roads Safety Corps has attributed over-speeding and tyre burst to most road accidents now, on daily basis.The ban on used tyres by the government has not deterred vehicle owners or motorists from going for second hand (fairly used) tyres, which could be attributed to high cost of new ones in the market.

A recent report online said we put more pressure on tyres without taking into account the tropical climate we live in. The report is an educative piece asking motorists to check the correct tyre pressure for a particular vehicle on the seat belt of such vehicles. We should always be mindful of the pressure in the tyres because heat o the road surface expands the tyres while we are on the move.

Minister, Barrister James Ocholi’s death was attributed to tyre burst, just like the accident that claimed the lives of six Ekiti Doctors going for a conference in Sokoto. A few days ago, nine promising students of science school from Kano lost their lives on their journey back from Lagos along Ibadan –Lagos express road. These losses have taken a great toll on the country.

Nigerians should rise up to their responsibilities by ensuring, they check on their tyres, especially the number of air pump into their cars to avoid frequency associated to avoidable accident on our roads.

The relevant stakeholder in automobile industry should come out with clear policy direction on our roads to reduce the number of accident we recorded on our roads in recent time.
•Bala Nayashi,
Lokoja


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