‘285,953 individuals violate Lagos traffic law in four years’
The Lagos State directorate of Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) has decried continuous violation of the state’s transport sector reform Law 2018 saying that non-adherence is fuelling increasing congestion on the roads.
According to the VIS, from 2015 to 2019 approximately 285,953 vehicles/individuals have committed traffic offences, which cut across violation of vehicle documents, illegal operations, reckless driving and driving of ‘un-roadworthy vehicles’ in Lagos State.
The Director of the service, Gbolahan Toriola, who stated this during the 2019 general meeting organised by the Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Ikeja branch, stressed that if the voluntary compliance model of the VIS are followed and implemented; there would be a significant reduction in the number of traffic offenses in the state, which by implication will promote safety, sanity, standards and security of life and property on our roads.
He challenged authorities to reduce traffic congestion by initiating policies and programmes that promote the use of public transportation and investment in transport infrastructures particularly to make other mode of transportation effective and accessible. He added that there was need to ensure strict compliance of road side trading and swift actions on the completion and implementation of the non-motorised transport policy for the State while smoky vehicle control programme and spotter training through Whistle Blower Initiative should be intensified
According to him, some of the harmful impact associated with traffic congestion include but not limited to slow pace of socio-economic development, health hazards, increased accidents, increased travel time, high maintenance cost and environmental factor such as air pollution, increased vehicular emission.
Toriola who delivered a paper titled, ‘Traffic law, compliance and it impact on traffic congestion’, said to key into the global standard for environment and promote safety of life and properties on road, the directorate has upgraded its operations technologically with the establishment of Lagos State Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service Centers (LACVIS) across the State.
He alluded to the fact that the directorate has employed the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) technology to carry out enforcement of traffic rules and regulations within the State. This intervention he further said is meant for quality service delivery to the state and the public at large ensuring voluntary compliance by road users and equally access real time data and statistics.
“It is worthy to mention that since inception of operation, we have recorded a total number of 68,875 vehicles out of which 56,076 were approved and 12,799 were declined as a result of multiple registrations and VIN falsifications or cloning”, he stated.
Earlier her remarks, the Chairman of the Ikeja branch of (NSE), Mrs. Olufunmilade Akingbagbohun, attributed causes of the road accidents to a combination of human errors and non-road worthy vehicles which have cost both government and private sector billions of naira in direct and indirect cost including avoidable accidents. She charged Nigerian engineers to use the profession to simplify environmental challenges, which the general public might find confusing.
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