The Director of Vehicle Inspection service, (VIS) Lagos state Command, Akin-George Fashola has revealed that the state government has introduced a new approach for vehicle inspection, for road users to be awarded the road worthiness certificate.
According to Mr Fashola, while explaining the new approach, said vehicles will be properly inspected and certified to be driven on the road before the issuance of the certificate of roadworthiness to the owners.
He added that this decision is taken because car owners do not return for inspections after they have been issued a roadworthiness certificate. In the same vein, he said the inspection of vehicles can be done at any of the centres within the state at no additional cost as the cost has been added for the total package of renewing vehicle particulars.
Initially, Vehicle owners would be issued the road worthiness certificate, once payment is made, without carrying out inspection on the vehicle, However, the vehicle owner would bring the car for inspection within 30 days, consequently, this practice will no longer be possible.
“The old format of issuing a roadworthiness certificate and then expecting the vehicle owners to bring their automobiles forward for inspection within 30 days is no longer sustainable as most people do not bring their vehicles for the said inspection once the certificate is issued,” Fashola said.
Consequently, Mr Fashola appealed to car owners to make their vehicles available for inspection, as it has already been paid for, with the renewal of vehicle particulars.
“We are appealing to car owners in the state to come forward with their vehicles as the cost is already inclusive in the total package, they paid for the renewal of vehicle particulars.
“You can go to any centre within the length and breadth of the state; even if you do your first inspection on the mainland and you have to do your second inspection on the island, you have no problem because they are all connected,” he explained.
Subsequently, Mr Fashola clarified that the referral notes car owners are issued are not an automatic clearance and vehicle owners can now inspect their vehicles at any of its inspection centres, irrespective of the centre it was done initially.
“The referral note that we give when you come to us is just for a grace period that covers 30 days in which we expect you to have checked and fixed the vehicle. The referral note is not an automatic clearance,” Mr Fashola emphasized.
It could be recalled that Lagos State Government had earlier announced plans to commence its ‘No Inspection, No Certificate of Roadworthiness’ policy by January 2022, as part of its efforts to improve the phase of transportation in the state.