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Lagos Places Extra Value On Certificate of Road Worthiness, Modifies Procedure for Procurement

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Dr Frederic Oladeinde, Transportation Commissioner, Lagos State.

Lagos State Government has announced a slight modification to the procedure for procuring a Certified True Copy, CTC, of the Road Worthiness Certificate.

According to the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, Starting from 1st January 2022, issuance of Certificate of Road Worthiness to all classes of motor vehicles shall be preceded by a thorough inspection of the Vehicle, to be conducted at any of the offices/workshops of the Lagos State Computerized Vehicle Inspection Service, LACVIS, in any of its 30 designated garages in Lagos state.

Dr Oladeinde explained that Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu’s administration was desirous of a drastic reduction in the commuters’ average travel time, to save man-hours for productive economic activities in contributing to the Gross Domestic Product, GDP, of the state.

VIS Referral Note, now expunged

The Commissioner also said the Sanwoolu administration was introducing the modification in the procurement of roadworthiness certificates, with the view to eliminate or drastically reduce the rate at which vehicles develop faults on Lagos roads which often create avoidable traffic snarl.

Also to be achieved with the new adjustment Oladeinde said was the drastic reduction of road crashes and especially the attendant fatalities which had experienced a surge in recent times, and were no more acceptable to the present administration hence, the commencement of the new policy in the new year, “No Inspection, No Certificate of Roadworthiness”.

Throwing more light on the abuse the previous method of procuring the Certificate of Road Worthiness was subjected to, the Director, Vehicle Inspection Service, VIS, Lagos State, Engr Akin-George Fashola, said more often when Certificate of Road Worthiness was issued along with referral note for vehicle owners to visit LACVIS centre for the final inspection within 30 days, majority reneged.

The consequence Engr Fashola said was the traffic chaos from frequently broken down vehicles on the highways, and the avoidable road crashes from decrepit vehicles put on the road by both the private and commercial drivers, a situation he said the state government will no longer condone with effect from 1st January 2022.

According to the state’s VIS helmsman, Akin George Fashola, the new procedure for obtaining a Certificate of Road Worthiness will begin at the expiration of vehicles particulars. The vehicle due for renewal will have to go through inspection at any of the LACVIS centres before Certificate of Roadworthiness is issued, he said.

Fashola added that in the event that the vehicle did not pass the Minimum Safety Standard Test (MSST), a period of 30days will be granted for the vehicle to be fixed and thereafter return to redo the test, MSST, at no additional cost before the Certificate of Roadworthiness could be issued.

He further stated that the LACVIS test had been categorized into both Public and Private, of which the Minimum Standard requirements will not be compromised.

Akin George Fashola reiterated that the 30 LACVIS centres spread across the State are functional for all categories of vehicles and also have the capacity to manage the new policy. He also revealed that in-plant service will be made available for large fleet owners.

Lagos Computerized Vehicle Inspection Service, Inspection in Progress

The VIS Director emphasized that no vehicle will be certified roadworthy if they failed to present their vehicles for inspection for a corrective measure to prevent accidents and other road mishaps on Lagos roads. He also promised that VIS personnel will be deployed to nearby motor parks to help create awareness before the new policy starts.

The Lagos State Sector Commander, Corps Commander Olusegun Ogungbemide, who was also present at the meeting urged Transport workers and other stakeholders to comply with the new directive, stressing that the measures were basically for the safety and protection of lives and properties.

Responding, a representative of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), Comrade Taiwo Abiodun, called for more awareness on this new policy and safe road culture while soliciting humane treatment from traffic managers.

He assured that the Union will play its part in correcting deviant behaviour sometimes exhibited by its members.

The meeting also provided the gathering with an opportunity to discuss safety strategies aimed at reducing fatalities during the yuletide period and beyond.

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