The Lagos State government would partner the Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC) in ensuring that only road worthy vehicles ply all roads in the state, the Commissioner for Transportation Mr Ladu Lawanson had said.
Lawanson spoke on Thursday at the ongoing commissioning exercise of the Lagos State Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS) at Agric-Isawo, in Ikorodu.
Computerised vehicle Onspection Centres opened today are in PWD, Agric-Isawo, Gbagada and Epe.
He said the FRSC should continue to partner with LASTMA and the VIS, in ensuring that vehicles that poses threats to safety on the roads are impounded and taken off the roads before causing havoc on the roads.
He said with the opening of four new other es today brings to 10 vehicle computerised centres in the state, with plans to have another 10 before end of 2019.
He added that government intends to have one computerised vehicle inspection centre in each of the 20 local governments and 37 LCDAs in the state.
Extolling the benefit of the centres, he said vehicle owners now have the opportunity of precision inspection of their vehicles beyond mere guess works of local mechanics and other auto technicians.
He said: “It would also permanently lay to rest all human errors hitherto inherent in inspection by men of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS).”
“Through the construction of these centres our goal is to ensure that we decade of action which targets reducing road crashes by 35% globally through the institution of a safety system such as these centres that hopes to minimize loss of lives due to compliance and promotion of safer road users and safer vehicles”.
Lawanson therefore urged all road transport operators, such as members of the National Union of Rod Transport Workers, (NURTW), Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN), National Association of Truck Owners (NARTO), and Taxi and Cab Owners Operators Association of Nigeria (TCOOAN) to partner with the government in its commitment to promoting road safety by patronising these centres.
The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Dr Olufemi Taiwo Salam said Lagos is blazing the trail as the first state in the Southwest region to take vehicle certification away from paper certification by establishing computerised vehicle inspection centres.
He said the Lagos would continue to pioneer innovative solutions to promoting safer roads by ensuring that more healthy vehicles are found their ways to the roads.
In his goodwill remarks, FRSC Sector Commander Mr Hyginus Omeje praised the state for its giant strides, and pledged the commitment of the Corps to stronger strategic partnership with the government to promote safer roads.
The Commissioner for Transportation Lack Lawanson, (sixth from left), cutting the tape declaring open the Isawo, Ikorodu centre open. With him are other eminent members of the community.