Second-hand tyres remain banned from Nigerian shores, SON declares

Reaffirming its commitment to the safety of Nigerian road users, the Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has stated that all second hand tyres are not allowed as they are automatically qualified for seizures and destruction in the country.

The Director General, SON, Mallam Farouk Salim, explained that under his watch, he has made it clear in all departments of the standards body to expedite regulatory actions on substandard imports into the country.

Salim who was represented by the Director of Compliance, Suleiman Issa, at a one-day sensitisation programme tagged “Vehicle tyres, quality and management for effectiveness via standardisation” at the Africa Tyre Village, Lagos International Trade Fair Complex, Lagos, said: “This is not only for old tyres, but new tyres found to be substandard based on test, practice of stuffing, we have the Director General’s directive to act immediately.

Concerning tyres, he said SON has remained absolutely committed in regulating the product, saying that Nigeria had an estimated 40 million used tyres across the country where the standards body has successfully removed about 10 million within six months.

The SON boss stated that body would intensify efforts towards enlightening Nigerians on the implications of misuse of these products even as it will implement measures that would assure the quality of ‘properly’ imported tyres.

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