The Federal Road Security Corps (FRSC) states that anyone found making or receiving calls while driving will face a six-month prison sentence.
In an interview with reporters, Corps Public Education Officer Bisi Kazeem mentioned the national road traffic rules (2012), which prevented drivers from making and/or receiving calls using any type of wireless and hands-free earphones.
Mr. Kazeem said AirPods, EarPods, or any handsfree were illegal to use. “Driving entails 100 percent concentration, so you cannot be distracted. It is there in the regulation.
“It is clear from the provisions of Reg 166 (1) that it is illegal to make phone calls using EarPods earphones or whatever means,” he said.
Mr. Kazeem advised drivers to avoid any distractions, including speaking with passengers.
“The law may not make it an offence, but at the same time, it can distract you. Even changing your cassette (while driving) can distract you and result in accidents,” he told the news outlet.