The Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS) has recorded the inspection of a vehicle with the highest number of defects since it began operations over a year ago.
The vehicle, a product of the enforcement of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) failed 60 out of the over 200 possible defects the LACVIS centres all across the state are capable of discovering during the routine inspection.
According to Segun Obayendo, the Managing Director of LACVIS, the inspection result represents a summary of the reasons behind the set up of the computerized vehicle inspection centres across Lagos State; to restore sanity and drastically reduce carnages on Lagos roads.
“When the Lagos State Government set up the computerized inspection centres, it was with the focus to improve road safety by making mechanical failure less likely and ensures the roads are free of vehicles that are prone to breakdown occasioned by bad vehicle maintenance and absolute nonchalance of the safety of other road users”.
“This particular vehicle that had over 61 defects was brought to our Ayobo centre as a result of the enforcement carried out by the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO). It is registered as a commercial vehicle used to transport goods, specifically sachet water.”
“Apparently, the vehicle owner and the driver admitted to their negligence in ensuring the road worthiness state of the vehicle even as the driver was fully cooperative with all the processes involved in inspecting the vehicle.”
“It was evident that for the visual inspection only, the vehicle will have failed with about 20 defects, however, with the help of the combined computerised equipment at the centre, the vehicle was discovered to have 61 defects. These defects comprised of both major and minor defects, which can cause more deaths and serious injuries to both the driver and other road users’.
“Some of the defects which affect the vehicle’s safety discovered include: anti-slip provision of brake pedals missing, both wipers not working, smoky exhaust, headlamps at high and low beam not working, Brake lights not working, parking lights not working, rear right shock absorber damaged, missing bolts, excessive wear at joints, misalignment of components of the steering linkage, excessive oil leakage, no spare wheel, wheel nuts missing, horn not working etc.”.
Since the commencement of the enforcement, many rickety vehicles with impaired use, value and safety, which constitute nuisance, have been evacuated from Lagos roads.
The vehicles are then compulsorily taken through the computerised inspection at any of the ten Lagos Computerized Vehicle Inspection Service (LACVIS) centres across Lagos.
The Inspection Reports obtained from the tests have given credence to the exercise embarked upon by the VIS as many of the vehicles have major defects like low braking efficiency, poor lighting – headlamps, brake lights, parking lights, trafficators -worn-out and expired tyres, etc.
Since these major defects constitute a disaster waiting to happen, the officers of VIS have intensified efforts to compel owners of rickety vehicles to bring them for inspection and fix any defects identified before returning them to the roads.
The officers of the service have also seized the opportunity of the operation to sensitise motorists on the need to obtain genuine Road Worthy Certificates (RWC) and bring their vehicles for computerized inspection at any of the LACVIS centres across Lagos.
According to the officers of the VIS, failure to maintain vehicles and inspect them as statutorily required is one of major reason for the high number of broken down vehicles and accidents on the highway.
To this end, LACVIS has assumed the status of an arbiter to determine the actual status of a vehicle to ensure its mission of ensuring road safety thorough prevention of rickety vehicles on the highways, in addition to saving lives of motorists and other road users.
At the last count, over 80% of the rickety vehicles failed the rear brake inspection.
Motorists were also informed that the Lagos State Government has launched an electronic document verification and billing system with the use of Street Cameras, Automatic Number Plate Recognition and Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to identify vehicles plying Lagos Roads without valid documents.
Also Lagos motorists were alerted to the fact that mode of enforcement has changed to Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).
Vehicle owners are therefore encouraged to renew their Road Worthiness Certificate at any of the 45 VIS work stations or 10 LACVIS centres across the state.
Motorists who process their RWC in VIS Zonal offices without a computerized centre are encouraged to visit any of the ten LACVIS centres across Lagos with their referral note for a free computerized inspection. After the inspection, they will be issued a Vehicle Inspection Report.
Motorists are assured that the officers of the VIS and LACVIS are repositioned to serve Lagosians with utmost integrity and professionalism.