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LAGOS VEHICLE INSPECTION SERVICE FLAGS OFF SAFETY CAMPAIGN WEEK

… Calls For Compliance With The Automated Number Plate Recognition

The Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Services today flagged off its bi-annual 2019 Safety Campaign Week with the theme: “Employing Technology To Enhance Compliance And Safety On Lagos Roads”.

Briefing the press today on the activities surrounding the week at the Bagauda Kaltho Press Centre, Alausa, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Dr. Taiwo Olufemi Salaam, stated that the administration of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu whose first cardinal focus is traffic management and transportation is fully prepared to educate and enlighten the public on rules and regulations that enhance safe driving aided by technology.

He added that the State government has adopted transport sector reform law of 2018 technologies such as Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), Auto Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), and E-Testing to drive and promote safety, sanity, security and standardised driving on the roads.

He further explained that the bi-annual road safety campaign week is aimed at sensitising the public on the technology-driven mode of enforcement which has been in existence for a while in Lagos State, adding that the VIS will visit various locations across to enlighten the citizenry on the government’s decision to employ technology to drive the enforcement and implementation of its plans, policies and programmes in line with international standards.

Salaam disclosed that the sensitisation campaign team will visit Corporate Organisations, Ministries, Departments, Agencies, Motor Parks, Schools, Union Houses and other relevant stakeholders to inform and enlighten them on the activities of Vehicle Inspection Service as its concerns the adoption of the technologies in place for pre-registration inspection, ANPR and e-testing of driver’s license applicants, among others.

He revealed that other issues to be discussed in the course of the week are Vehicle Inspection Service Accident Investigation role (AIU), importance of C-Caution sign and the use of Retro-Reflective Tape on vehicles, Online Verification of Road Worthiness Certificate (RWC), Vehicle particulars, Driver’s License procedures and importance of vehicle maintenance amongst others.

The Permanent Secretary reiterated that the State government, as part of its renewed effort to continuously integrate the operations of Vehicle Inspection Service and make life easy for Lagosians, has upgraded the driver’s license manual testing procedure to the e-testing model.

He also revealed that the service has also introduced different platforms such as Instant Short Message Service (SMS) Via *554*38# showing the serial number of Road Worthiness Certificate, date of expiration and location/station of issuance or through the VIS website: www.dvis.lg.gov.ng for further information.

Salaam, however, appealed to all motorists to ensure the use of standardised C-Caution signs and retro-reflective tapes on their vehicles in order to aid visibility and defensive driving, especially at night, noting that failure by any motorist to use the retro-reflective tapes attracts fines and penalties as stipulated in the road traffic law of Lagos State.