The Federal Road Safety Corps says it is taking steps to enforce a ban on the use of food-based and substandard sealing pastes used by technicians to fix tyres in the country.
This, it said, was part of measure to prevent the loss of lives as a result of tyre blowouts.
In a statement by its Head, Media Relations and Strategy, Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC said that about 5,000 Nigerians had lost their lives in road crashes resulting from burst tyres since 2010.
The statement said the FRSC Corps Marshal Boboye Oyeyemi’s commitment to intensifying the sensitisation and enforcement campaign against the substandard sealing pastes was reinforced by the House of Representatives’ Resolution to halt the influx of substandard tyres, non-lubricant rims and fake tyre sealing pastes.
According to it, the Corps Marshal has stressed that tyre repairers are culpable for the way and manner in which they handle tyres during repairs.
Oyeyemi added that the dangerous practice of engaging fake sealing pastes was capable of causing rust on new rims, and damaging new and standard tyres.
As part efforts to protect road users and drivers against avoidable crashes, the Corps Marshal had met with the Vulcanisers Association in the past, the statement added.