An articulated truck being inspected by LACVI at the stakeholders meeting
Stakeholders in the Lagos transport sector have called on the government to ensure safer roads by regulating and prosecuting the importers of substandard vehicle spare parts as well as inspect articulated vehicles coming from other states of the federation into Lagos State.
At a day interactive session which took place in Gbagada, Lagos, organised by the Directorate of the Vehicle Inspection Service VIS, in conjunction with the Lagos State Vehicle Inspection Service LACVIS, the stakeholders said the step will reduce carnage on Lagos roads.
The stakeholders were made up of Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), Association of Maritime Trucks Owners( AMATO), Petroleum Tankers Drivers(PTD), National Association of Transport Operators(NATO), Containers Trucks Owners Association of Nigeria among others.
LACVIS General Manager Mr. Segun Ogunnaike, said the meeting became imperative in order to interact and inform all stakeholders in the transport sector in Lagos, about the government’s initiatives and plans to reduce carnage on the roads.
While soliciting for the support of all stakeholders in the transport sector to ensure the success of the initiatives of the government, Mr. Ogunnaike revealed that ten vehicle inspection centres have been established across Lagos State with the plan to increase to 50 in the next three years.
In his address, the Director of Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) Engr. A.G. Toriola, noted that the Lagos State Government have stopped the manual inspection of vehicles and replaced with computerized vehicle inspections which is at par with international standards. He appealed to all stakeholders in the transport sector to partner with the Lagos State Government to reduce carnage on the roads.
Ms Mosumola Samuel who representated the Standard Organisation of Nigeria SON, emphasized that road accidents will reduce if stakeholders in the transport sector comply with stipulated standards and requirements.
In his own submission, Mr. Soji Oni, the representative of the President of the Nigerian Insurers Association, expressed the readiness of insurers in Nigeria to partner with transport stakeholders to reduce risks and have a safer city.
Also, the Director of the VIS Driving Institute, Mr. Akin-George Fashola, called on the stakeholders to embrace the Lagos State Driving Institute because it has the necessary and ultramodern facilities to train drivers who are safety conscious on the road. He appealed to the stakeholders to ensure that their members obtain genuine license and documentation from approved centres in the state.