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The new policy on issuance of roadworthiness certificates is to enhance road safety, not revenue- LASG

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The Lagos State Government has debunked allegations that the newly introduced ‘no-vehicle inspection, no road-worthiness policy’ is an exercise targeted at generating money for the State Government.

The Director, Vehicle Inspection Service, (VIS) Engr. Akin-George Fashola who stated this during an interview session on a radio program appealed to vehicle owners in the State to come forward with their vehicles as the cost is already inclusive in the total package they paid for the renewal of vehicle particulars.

The Director disclosed that the old format of issuing a roadworthiness certificate and then expecting the vehicle owners to come and present their vehicle for inspection within 30 days is no longer sustainable as most vehicle owners do not bring their vehicles for the said inspection once the certificate is issued.

“The referral note that we give when you come to us is just for a grace period that covers 30 days in which we expect you to have checked and fixed the vehicle. The referral note is not an automatic clearance”, the Director informed.

Fashola further said that the Vehicle Inspection Service is ramping up its capacity to accommodate more vehicles through the 27 fully-equipped centres with 30 more underway to cover up the 57 Local Governments and Local Council Development Areas. He added that Mobile Testing Centre is also available within the State for companies and owners of large fleets of vehicles.

He explained that“You can go to any center within the length and breadth of the State. Even if you do your first inspection on the mainland and you had to do your second inspection on the Island, you have no problem because they are all connected up’’, Fashola stated.

According to the Director, the existing 28 Computerized Vehicle Inspection Service centers at; Ayobo, Oko-Oba, PWD, Lagos Island, Agric-Ishawo, Owode-Onirin, Bolade-Oshodi, Oke- Odo, Epe, Ojodu, Gbagada, Coker-Aguda, Yaba and Ajah. Others are in Cele, Ibeju-Lekki, Odogunyan, Oko-Afo, Badagry, Ojota, Agbowa, Alausa, Anthony, Suru-Alaba, Omorege- Alaba, LASU, UNILAG, and a Mobile Centre are all at the disposal of the general public to utilize.

The Director, VIS while commending motorists for their quick responses as 388 inspections were conducted between Tuesday 4th and Friday 7th January, described the number as a far cry from what obtained before the 1st January, 2022 commencement date of the Policy.

Fashola however solicited more turnouts from motorists urging them to take advantage of the easy accessibility of the centers for their vehicle inspections and services.

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