As part of the efforts to end the brutal enforcement of road traffic laws in Lagos State, the government has concluded plans to introduce an electronic central billing system. The government will test-run the new development next week, InsideMainland gathered.
According to reports, the electronic platform will make it possible to generate bills and fines on traffic offences online and deliver such to offenders either at homes or offices, as obtained in some advanced economies.
This development is coming on the heels of the recent order by Governor Akinwunmi Ambode who expressed his dissatisfaction on the mode of operations of the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs).
With this new billing system, enforcement of traffic laws will be done through the application of new technologies which will simplify the task and create convenience for motorists.
Presently, two computerised vehicle inspection centres have been completed at Ojodu-Berger and Ikorodu, while work on the third centre is at an advance stage in Lagos Island.
Speaking on the new method, the acting commissioner for transportation in Lagos, Anofiu Elegushi, said on Wednesday, “Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) of the state has embraced technology billing system by using Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) and Central Billing System (CBS) technologies to run its activities in line with global best practice.”
According to Elegushi, the collection of data relating to vehicle documentations, which is the duty of VIS such as vehicle licence, road worthiness, insurance and others have been synchronised on e-platforms for easy verification of vehicle status on the spot, and any defaulting vehicle owner, through the data captured, will have bills generated through the Central Billing Systems (CBS) which in turn will be delivered to the defaulter’s home or office address as the case may be.
He explained that the harmonisation of the road worthiness certificate and MOT test was to further enhance the efficiency of vehicles plying Lagos roads as this would help the state consolidate its movement away from physical and manual inspection of vehicles to the computerised method.