BY FIDELIS UGBOMEH,
The two Vehicle Inspection Service Computerized Centers in Lagos State has so far inspected 541 vehicles to ensure safety of commuters on Lagos roads.
In line with global best practice, the Lagos State government had set up the centers to ascertain the road worthiness of vehicles plying its roads.
Out of the vehicles inspected by the Vehicle Inspection Service, in the month of August this year 158 vehicles passed the test while 385 failed and 153 vehicles returned to the center for retesting.
Giving a breakdown of the inspection test Head Planning and Research Engineer Vehicle Inspection Service Engineer Olayemi Olumide said that 172 vehicles failed the test due to brakes, 141-lights, 151-tyres, 77-steering, 141-suspension.while 153 had other related problems during the month of August.
According to him, the inspection of vehicles will enable the state to develop a data base of vehicles so as to ascertain condition of vehicles as affected by state of roads or fake spare parts.
Olumide further explained that apart from the fact that private and commercial vehicle drivers with valid vehicle registration papers are eligible to bring their vehicles for test at the Inspection Center after paying a token depending on the engine capacity of the vehicles, vehicle owners that have paid for Road Worthiness at some designated centers are eligible for the test free of charge on presentation of letter of reference.
Also speaking, Mr. Segun Ogunnaike the Project Office Manager of LACVIS Nigeria Limited organizers of the event to highlight the success recorded since the two Inspection centers at Ikorodu and Ojodu-Berger started operations said the two centers have capacity to handle 250 vehicles per day.
He added that by December when 12 additional Centers will be built no fewer than 1,000 vehicles will be inspected per day.
Segun also said that in the near future there will be an Inspection Center in each of the 57 Local Government Council Areas of the state
He reemphasized that every state government has prerogative to check condition of vehicles plying its roads and by extension enhance safety of lives and properties.
Segun averred that a vehicle plying the roads in Lagos without the inspection Test certificate is not road worthy to be on the roads.