Motorcyclists Lament High Cost Of Helmets

COMMERCIAL and private motorcyclists in Osun State have lamented high cost of helmets since it has been mandated for cyclists to be used by the Federal Road Safety Commission in 2009.

Some motorcyclists, in separate interviews with OSUN DEFENDER at the weekend flayed the helmet. sellers in the state on what they described as undue high cost of the helmet. According to a cyclist, Mr. Tajudeen Popoola, before the FRSC compelled all. “Okada riders” to be using the helmet against road accident 2008, an helmet was sold for N800. “But now a helmet in the state is sold for N2,500 due to the fact that the sellers know it has been mandated for his to be used, Popoola stated.

It would be recalled that the FRSC in 2008 gave an order to both commercial and private motorcyclists to be using helmet starting from the first day in this year against road accident. The order was not limited to cyclists alone, The FRSC also mandated passengers of the cyclists to use helmets just as the commission barred the Okada riders from carrying three persons.

However, criticisms have started trailing the FRSC’s order on passengers as many people said they can’t put on the helmet due to some spiritual attack which might be attached to the helmet. The passengers flayed the commission’s directive, saying that it should be limited to motorcyclists alone.
Findings showed that none of the passengers has been using the helmet in the state while 95 per cent of the motorcyclists have been using the helmets.

The FRSC has also vowed to prosecute all motorcyclists that flout it’s directive, maintaining that directive is to safe guard the lives of the Okada riders from untimely death, which might emanate from road accidents.

According to the commission, the helmet would prevent the cyclists from hitting their heads against the road or any object when accident occurs.

Meanwhile, in a bid to retrieve the money used to buy the helmets, Okada riders has increased the cost of there services as they maintained that there would be no mere N20 drop in the state capital.
The commercial motorcyclists attributed the high cost of their service to the cost of the helmet, saying that there is need for them to regain the money from somewhere.

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