The Lagos State Government has come out to refute claims that Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) officers were targeting Uber drivers, saying it was just a rumor meant to discredit the agency.
The Vehicle Inspection Service officers were only performing their job of ensuring motorists comply with the Road Traffic Laws
Naijauto gathered Uber operators in Lagos staged a peaceful protest over VIO clampdown on their vehicles last week.
The Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, Frederic Oladeinde, through a released press statement, stated VIS officials were only doing their jobs, which entails ensuring motorists comply with instituted Road Traffic Laws by possessing the required vehicle documents. These documents include Driver's license, Vehicle license, Hackney permit, Road-worthiness, Insurance Certificate, and the Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) card mandated for every commercial vehicle.
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The statement read,
The allegation by Uber Operators, especially on the social media, that the State Government was demanding for N110,000 operational licence fees from their members before they could operate in the state is totally untrue, unsubstantiated, unreasonable and a ploy to win public sympathy.
The government challenges any operator with such evidence to bring it to the public domain for proof. In the last three weeks, the Vehicle Inspection Services has apprehended close to 1,000 vehicles for various offences, ranging from non-possession of valid drivers’ licence to driving with expired vehicle particulars. Twenty Uber vehicles are among those impounded.
Uber operators are out to make mischief as they would not tell the public that their members whose vehicles were apprehended contravened one law or the other. No operator has a right to drive around without a driver’s licence. When such an erring operator who plies Lagos roads with expired vehicle particulars is exposed by the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) machines and his vehicle is impounded, he does not need to resort to blackmail or seek public sympathy
The Lagos government also debunked allegations that it was charging ridiculous sums for ride-hailing service driving permits. The govt advised all commercial car operators who possess valid documents to continue with their business without any fear.
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