What FRSC Is Saying About Google Maps

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By Justina Okpanku

The most asked question in recent times in the  nation’s road sector is, “What is the Federal Road Safety Commission doing to stop phones at the wheels? Are there really restrictions about Google Maps, and has FRSC outlawed the use of the app while driving?”

Hmm! There’s no restriction on using Google Map. What happened was that the Sector Commander of the FRSC in Abuja, Ayuba Gora said driving with the aid of Google map using mobile phones is a serious traffic offence.

Gora said this at the inauguration of FRSC ‘2019 Ember Months Campaign’ at Lugbe Unit Command in Abuja last Wednesday. He said the law forbids motorists from using mobile phones in any form while driving, as it can lead to accident. He also informed motorists that the corps would soon begin massive enforcement of installation of speed limiting devices. Gora advised motorists, especially commercial vehicle operators, who have yet to install the device to do so to avoid the wrath of the corps. There was a problem in the use of Googe Maps as motorists said its” funny” as Google map is largely audio. FRSC insiders said Gora was misquoted.

FRSC  said the service’s commander Wobin Ayuba Gora was quoted out of context on the use of Google Maps app while driving. There is no outlaw on the use of Google Map while driving,  the commission said.

The Commission  said Google Maps should be activated before “setting the vehicle in motion” to forestall loss of concentration.

“The Corps wishes to state that the Sector Commander must have been misquoted and his statement outrightly misrepresented because the Federal Road Safety Corps as a technology-driven organisation is not and has never stood against the use of google map by motorists,” the service public education officer, Bisi Kazeem said in a statement on Wednesday.

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