LASG Kickstart ‘No Inspection, No Certificate Of Roadworthiness’ Policy By January


    As part of the reforms of the transportation system, the Lagos State government is set to commence the no Inspection, no certificate of roadworthiness rule by January 2022 to improve safety on all roads across the metropolis.

    This hint was dropped by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde at a meeting held at the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) Headquarters, Ojodu.
    The commissioner revealed that the rule made by the state government was enacted to curb and reduce to the barest minimum the accident rate which had recently spiked up in the state.
    Oladeinde averred that the meeting which had in attendance transport unions and other stakeholders in the transport industry was convened to collate and incorporate suggestions on the new policy before its commencement. He further explained that the state government is desirous of only roadworthy vehicles on the road network within the state, adding that this will reduce gridlocks specifically caused by broken down vehicles thereby improving the safety of lives and property.
    Highlighting the features of the new policy, the Director, Vehicle Inspection Service, Mr. Akin-George Fashola explained that the earlier arrangement of issuance of Certificate of Roadworthiness along with the Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Referral Note to vehicle owners to take to the Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre (LACVIS) for inspection will no longer hold.
    He stated that vehicle owners after receiving the Certificate of Roadworthiness do not fulfill the second aspect of taking their cars for inspection within the stipulated period of 30 days, the resultant of which usually put the state in a precarious situation in terms of eventualities.
    The new rule now according to Fashola is that, 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, adding that in the event that the vehicle did not pass the Minimum Safety Standard Text (MSST), a period of 30 days will be issued for the vehicle to be fixed and thereafter return for a repetition of the MSST at no additional cost before the Certificate of Road Roadworthiness is issued.
    The Vehicle Inspection director further stated that the LACVIS test has been categorized into both public and private, of which minimum standard requirements will not be compromised.
    Assuring that the 30 LACVIS centres spread across the state are functional for all categories of vehicles and also have capacity to manage the new policy, Fashola also revealed that mobile service is available for large fleets’ vehicle owners.
    The VIS director further reiterated that no vehicle will be certified roadworthy if they fail 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 garages to help create awareness before the kick off of the new policy.
    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 for humane treatment from traffic management personnel.
    He assured that the union will play its part in correcting deviant behavior sometimes exhibited by their members.
    The meeting also afforded the gathering an opportunity to discuss safety strategies aimed at reducing fatalities during the yuletide period and beyond.


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