By Olasunkanmi Akoni
Lagos State Government has disclosed that out of 26,442 vehicles inspected in January, 15,998 passed, while 10,444 failed the minimum safety standard tests.
Recall that the Lagos State Government had introduced the ‘No Vehicle Inspection, No Road Worthiness Certificate’ Policy which began on January 1, 2022.
It simply means that certificate of roadworthiness will be issued to.motorist after inspection of vehicle against former practice of issuance at point of obtaining documents or of renewal.
State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, who disclosed this, added that some of the failed vehicles had reported for a retest while awaiting others.
However, Oladeinde said the government has now introduced a booking system to stem the surge recorded at some vehicle inspection centres.
He stated that the vehicle inspection would now be based on scheduled appointments.
According to Oladeinde, the 30 days window of inspection period had been reviewed to 60 days to reduce panic surge presently experienced in some of the inspection test centres.
He added that the backlog of already referred vehicles would be cleared on or before February 14 to give room for the booking system.
The commissioner, also maintained that the policy which was introduced to clamp down on rickety vehicles responsible for incessant accidents, loss of lives and property within the metropolis, equally aimed at addressing the traffic congestion caused by several breakdowns of vehicles due to the old process which is no longer sustainable.
Oladeinde, affirmed that public transport owners were not left behind in the new policy regime as some have had their vehicles already checked.
“Vehicle Inspection Officers are also engaging other commercial drivers at various motor parks for vehicle checks to further reduce convergence of vehicles at the inspection test centres.
“The state government is ramping up a consultation with private partners with vehicle inspection facilities to increase the present existing 27 centres spread across the state, with 5 more mobile test centres already on the way,” Oladeinde stated.
While urging residents, especially motorists to cooperate fully with the new policy to further ease traffic flow, and improve safety, the commissioner, maintained that seamless transportation system is key to achieving a multi-modal megacity.