The Lagos State Government says it plans to build 57 state-of-the-art computerised vehicle inspection service centres for testing vehicles before being issued road worthiness certificates.
The General Manager of Lagos Computerised Vehicle Inspection Service, Mr. Segun Ogunnaike, who spoke on behalf of the Managing Director, Prince Segun Obayendo, at a forum in Lagos on Wednesday, said the action was meant to reduce accident rate as well protect lives and the environment.
According to him, statistics have shown that Nigeria has a very high accident rate due to ignorance.
He described LACVIS as a special purpose vehicle created by the Lagos State Government to certify the road worthiness of vehicles, which he noted as the most critical part of vehicle inspection.
A statement by LACVIS dismissed the insinuations that the initiative was an avenue for the government to generate revenue, stating that the amount paid for the service was meagre compared to the standard payment rate for inspection.
The Head of Research and Planning, Vehicle Inspection Service, Olayemi Olumide, said the vision of the VIS was to ensure that its inspection of vehicles met global standard, taking rickety vehicles off the road.
He further said that a number of auto mechanics were undergoing training so that they would be able to interpret inspection test results and repair the identified faults.
According to Olayemi, since August 1, a total of 541 vehicles have been tested, with 158 passing, 385 recording failure and 153 advised to repeat the test.
He said the major defects of the cars that failed the tests were brake failure, lighting, steering, tyres, and suspension, with brake failure topping the list. ( PUNCH)