Posted by Justina Okpanku
The National body of the Vehicle Inspection Service has commenced its 2019 National Conference of Directors and Chief Traffic Officers in Lagos.
The four-day conference, with the theme titled “Employing Technology to Enhance Compliance and Safety on Our Roads” is holding at the Events Centre, Hakeem Balogun Agidingbi, Ikeja, and has in attendance delegates from Vehicle Inspection Service nationwide.
In his remarks, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, stated that the conference was in line with the state’s and Nigeria’s next level mission for the attainment of global economy recognition of technology as the tool needed in tackling many economic challenges of which “Traffic Management & Transportation” is of most importance.
While urging other states to tow the line of technology to enhance efficiency of compliance and safety on Nigeria roads, he enumerated the various technological interventions that had been utilized by the Vehicle Inspection Service in Lagos State to include Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) which has improved vehicle particulars renewal in line with best practices.
Oladeinde explained further that to foster safer roads, safer vehicles and safe users as spelt out in the UN Decade of Action (2011-2020) and Nigeria Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) (2014-2018), Nigerians needs to embrace changes through compliance with traffic laws and regulations.
The transportation commissioner further noted that the outcome of the conference can help in solving challenges encountered in the transportation sector stressing that the deployment of technology such as smart sensors, combined with machine learning analytical tools will aid in accurate gathering, predictions and decisions that will enhance safety on our roads.
Oladeinde lauded the Lagos State Government’s efforts in improving transportation in the state adding that the various road rehabilitation and constructions on-going have all attested to the determination of the present administration to enhance safety on our roads.
TThe Sector Commander, Federal Road Safety Corps, Hyginus Omeje urged all traffic regulation bodies in the country to come together to achieve the ultimate goal of a working transport system that will further embrace technology calling on all transportation stakeholders to cooperate in order to achieve this mission.
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