Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, on Wednesday, said the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) had impounded 3,619 rickety vehicles in the last three months in the State.
The governor spoke at the commissioning of the Lagos State Computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre in Ojodu, saying that the centre would help to eradicate rickety vehicles from plying the state’s highways.
According to Ambode, “2017 falls within the United Nations Decade of Action with respect to road crashes. The Decade of Action targets reducing road crashes by 35% globally through instituting a safety system that aims at minimizing road crashes loss of life. To ensure this, the VIS in the first quarter of 2017 has impounded 3,619 rickety vehicles, which can potentially cause fatalities on the road.
“Statistics have shown that between 2013 and 2016, over 416 lives were lost and 2,498 injured due to road crashes on Lagos roads. These road crashes have been traced to human error. It is an established fact that human error is responsible for 90 percent of accidents while mechanical and environmental factors accounts for only 10 percent.”
The governor, who was represented by the acting commissioner for Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi added that Lagos State, being the fastest growing mega city in Africa and taking cue from other developed cities in the world saw the need for the establishment of computerised Vehicle Inspection Centre to enhance the inspection of vehicles (both private and commercial) in line with International best practices.
He said he remained committed to his promise of a safe, secure, reliable and efficient transport system, adding that “it is imperative to state that in determining roadworthy vehicles we need to put in place, a faultless and human error-proof system; hence the new development of the computerized system.”
He explained that the centre would indicate the state of vehicles in areas, such as emission system, the beam (lighting focus & aim), braking system, suspension system and the body of the car.