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Lagos moves against road crashes, trains 430,012 drivers

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To curtail road crashes, the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI), an agency established in 2009 and domiciled under the ministry of transportation said it is training commercial drivers in the state. Towards this end, the institute has trained over 430,000 drivers from 2012 till July 2021.
 
According to the figure obtained by The Guardian yesterday, 31,618 drivers were trained from January to July this year. The figures covered 404,050 drivers, who came through mandatory window, 23,705 drivers from rehabilitation and 2,257 drivers, who came as structured programme to upgrade their driving knowledge.  
 
General Manager of LASDRI, Mrs. Tiamiyu Afusat, told The Guardian that the essence of the training was to reduce road crashes because of the huge loss of life and property witnessed during such incidents. She said through the training, there was a kind of positive impact daily as the number of crashes on Lagos roads had reduced.

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Mrs. Afusat said the institute was spreading and making its facilities and services close to the doorsteps of the end users by establishing centres in five administrative divisions of Lagos and four annexes to cater for the Lagos huge population.
 
She gave the areas as Okeafo area of Badagry, Odogunya, Ikorodu, Lagos Island, Ojo-oba, Epe, annexes at Ojodu-Berger, Olowu-Sura licencing office, Ikotun-Igando LCDA, Agric Ikorodu and Ajah.
 
According to her, the majority of drivers being trained lacked basic driving knowledge about traffic signs and the agency has the statutory responsibility of   training drivers, driver education and driver certification yearly towards crash reduction in Lagos roads. 
  
She said: “The institute has, in the past years, taken drivers into different areas where they can be better drivers and the majority of our drivers do not have any knowledge in driving.”
  
On the complaint of double taxation after obtaining national driver’s licence, she said though those being trained by the institute are licenced drivers, “The majority of the drivers do not have the skills to drive.
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“The law that established LADRIS,” she said, “says the training is restricted to those that earn their living by driving, both professional and commercial vehicle drivers.
 
“In as much as you are using vehicles to carry goods and passengers and your means of sustenance depends on it, the law says you should be trained. The law ensures that we have skilled drivers on Lagos roads. The training institute is not about the card because it is only evidence that the recipient has complied with what the law says in that year.
  
“You need the driver’s licence before coming for training in the institute. It is not about issuing a driver’s licence. You will not be enrolled in the training without the driver’s licence. We are not issuing licences. We train drivers and the evidence of such training is issuance of the cards.”
 
She explained that drivers who came in compliance with the law are trained under the mandatory window, while those arrested for contravening traffic offences that attract LASTMA or VIO fines are sent for rehabilitation training for two days, but the structured training programme are done by request for advanced drivers’ training.

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