By Monsuru Olowoopejo
13,750 vehicles belonging to commissioners, lawmakers, clerics and others were impounded after been caught by the newly introduced Automatic Number Plate Recognition camera for violating the Lagos State Traffic Law between January and March 2019.
Explaining how the vehicles were impounded for violating the traffic law, Director, Vehicle Inspection Service, Gbolahan Toriola said that the new technology, ANPR camera, captures the number plate of vehicles and records them into its system after which they are synchronized with a database platform already provided.
Toriola said: “It is important to state that this device encourages voluntary compliance. When an offender could not be found or does not respond with prompt payment within 7 days, he will be blacklisted and charged to the mobile court in addition with 100 per cent increment in the fine.
“The camera was launched after a number of pilot schemes to test its efficiency considering the nature of Lagos road network.”