Do You Know the Statutory Functions and Responsibilities of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC)?

It is almost too certain that no Nigerian motorist or possessor of a vehicle is void of the knowledge of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) or ‘Road Safety’- as the officials are popularly referred to. The Federal Road Safety Commission is the Government Agency with statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria. Founded over thirty years ago (in 1988), FRSC operates in all states in Nigeria as well as the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja. It is the lead agency in Nigeria on road safety administration and management.

Using broad strokes, the Commission is saddled with the responsibility of: Making the highways safe for motorists and other road users as well as checking road worthiness of vehicles, recommending works and infrastructures to eliminate or minimize accidents on the highways and educating motorists and members of the public on the importance of road discipline on the highways.

As much as the Commission is popular amongst motorist and so many pedestrians, there is little knowledge of some basic facts about the Commission. This article seeks to furnish you with some of these, especially with regards to its statutory functions.

The functions
of the Commission basically is outlined as follows:

In order to
achieve the above, the Commission is charged with the following responsibilities:

It was founded in 1988. The Federal Government established the Federal Road Safety Commission through Decree No. 45 of 1988 as amended by Decree 35 of 1992 referred to in the statute books as the FRSC Act cap 141 Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (LFN). Passed by the National Assembly as Federal Road Safety Corps (establishment) Act 2007.

It is also a worth noting fact that the First Chairman of the Federal Road Safety Board was Professor Wole Soyinka.