The Lagos State Governor, Mr Akinwunmi Ambode, has commissioned eight new computerised vehicle inspection centres to improve vehicle safety infrastructure across the state.
The commissioning held at the new test centres located at Oko-Oba, Ayobo, Oko-Afo, Badagry, PWD, Gbagada, Agric Isawo and Epe on Wednesday, May 23 and Thursday, May 24.
Ambode said that the eight new centres were established to complement the work of the first two centres established in Ojodu-Berger and Ikorodu in April 2017.
He assured Lagosians that the centres would be replicated across all the 20 local governments and 37 local council development areas in the state.
The governor, who was represented by the Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Ladi Lawanson, said that the centres were established to ensure vehicles plying Lagos roads meet international standards in line with the National Road Safety Strategy and United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011 to 2020.
According to him, the establishment of the new centres would completely phase out physical inspection of vehicles while issuance of road worthiness certificates would henceforth depend solely on computerised testing at any of the centres.
He said, “The construction of these eight centres in addition to the two commissioned last year in line with the action plan will therefore assist us to ensure that all vehicles tested and certified are roadworthy, leading to the reduction in accidents and carnage on our roads.
“We have taken this route to ensure that unlike what happened between 2013 and 2016 when over 416 lives were lost and 2,498 were injured due to road crashes on our roads as a result of human errors, which research has proven to be responsible for 90 percent of accidents while mechanical and environmental factors account for only 10 percent.”
The governor added, “Since the inauguration of the two centres at Ojodu and Ikorodu, 93,768 vehicles have been taken there between April 2017 and December 2017.
“Of this, 53,970 vehicles passed. 39,798 failed, and 29,977 that failed had a retest and passed.
“It is noteworthy that over 60 percent of the vehicles that failed did so as a result of faulty brakes, while others failed due to issues relating to lighting, suspension, tyres and so on.
“These efforts have been tripled with the launch of these eight new centres due to provide a faultless and human error-proof system that will indicate the state of your vehicles in the following areas: Emission system, the beam (lighting focus and aim), braking system, suspension system, body works and others.”
He appealed to all road transport stakeholders and Lagosians in general to patronise the centres for their benefit so that “our administration’s commitment to a safe, secure, reliable and efficient transport system can bear the expected fruits.”
“This is because vehicle safety is a key component of total safety on the roads.
“Government cannot do it alone; it is the responsibility of all vehicle owners to maintain their vehicles,” he stressed.
The Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, Dr Taiwo Salam said that the computerised testing centres were first of its kind in the South West geopolitical zone of the country.
He said, “It is appropriate to mention that Lagos is the first state to have this modern vehicle inspection centres in the whole of the South West (geopolitical) zone.
“I want to assure the patrons of this facility that government, through the Ministry of Transportation, will continue to make road transport safe for all motorists in our drive at ensuring that our dear state remains in its leading role in the nation.”
He added, “Safety being this administration’s watchword makes it to ensure that all centres are equipped with world-class technology to test all categories of vehicles.
“Every vehicle patronising any of the centres will be tested for emission level, headlight, steering and alignment, suspension, tyres, brake performance, underneath inspection and visual inspection checks.”
The Managing Director, Lagos State Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS), Prince Segun Obayendo, said that the Ambode administration put the safety infrastructure in place to save lives.
He stated that the computerised testing centre built on what the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu administration began with the establishment of MOT Centres in 2003.
He disclosed that the computerised centres have the capacity to test 80 vehicles per day.
Obayendo said that Lagos state law mandates commercial vehicles owners to test their vehicles twice a year and private vehicle owners to test their vehicles once a year.
He urged Lagosians to patronise the centres.