It is no longer business as usual for traffic offenders in Lagos as the watchful eyes of the law are following them now. These eyes are not of the several security operatives in the state. If that was the case, at least, they would not be available at certain hours. They are the eyes of the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras.
VIO officers are always on the lookout for drivers without complete documents
A few years ago, officers of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) were stationed at all nooks and crannies of Lagos roads. But following incessant complaints by motorists about how they were harassed, the then governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, gave an order that they should stay off the roads. Lagosians could not be happier with the news. That excitement was short-lived as the VIO is back on the roads, and this time, they are watching keenly.
Speaking on the development, Engineer Akin-George Fashola, Director of the service in Lagos stated that the VIS did not formulate the fines for various traffic offences. According to him, they were decided upon by the Lagos State Assembly. The VIS only enforces the laws already outlined.
Fashola identified four documents a private car owner is meant to possess. They include vehicle license, driver’s license, insurance, and road worthiness certificate. He further disclosed that the ANPR cameras were in strategic locations all over the state. VIO vehicles also have cameras fixed on them to detect offenders.
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The ANPR cameras are working both day and night. Beware.
Explaining how the camera functions, the Director revealed that it takes a photo shot of the vehicle’s plate number, and runs a real time scan of the vehicle’s records in the state’s database.
While some motorists are worried about the new development as there is no room for bad traffic behavior, members of the public say it is a welcome idea as it will restore order to roads across the state.