13,750 motorists violate Lagos traffic law in 1st quarter of 2019
A total of 13,750 motorists violated the traffic law out of 375,545 vehicles captured by the Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) Camera in Lagos State, since its inception at the beginning of the year.
Director Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Engineer Gbolahan Toriola, disclosed this in a statement made available to newsmen covering Alausa, Ikeja, saying the state government through the VIS, in collaboration with Soft Alliance Limited initiated the use of Automatic Number Plate Recognition Cameras around the state to aid the coordination of commuter movement.
According to him, the initiative was also to ensure strict and total compliance of motorists to traffic laws in the state, adding that the gesture was equally in line with the Governor Akinwunmi Ambode pronouncement of May 16th 2017, toward observing international best practices in the sector.
He pointed out that the state government had adopted this advanced technological intervention to maintain a strong level of enforcement without interfering with the traffic flow.
Toriola said the camera was launched after a number of pilot schemes to test its efficiency considering the nature of Lagos road network, adding that the camera captures the number plate of the vehicles and records it into the system after which it is synchronised with a database platform comprising of FRSC, Courteville, LASDRI, NIID, VIS, PTCS to confirm validity, genuineness of vehicles and driver’s document as well as its expiration date.
He also mentioned that some of the cameras were installed on the VIS patrol vehicles to aid in tracking vehicles without plate numbers plying the road, assuring Lagosians that the cameras had been modified to identify defaulters only.
This was as he assured those who had done the necessary documentation should not entertain any fear while saying that e-tickets were produced and served to defaulters according to the offences accrued by the ANPR.
“It is important to state that this device encourages voluntary compliance,” he said, emphasising that offenders, who could not be found or does not respond with prompt payment within seven (7) days, would be blacklisted and charged to the mobile court in addition with payment of 100per cent increment in fine.
“All these are in tandem with the traffic laws as revised by the State Government,” Toriola said, even as he appealed to residents to cooperate with the government in order to bring back sanity to the roads.
He said this would definitely yield positive and meaningful growth in the transportation sector of the state.