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VIS slams 5K tickets on traffic offenders monthly in Lagos – Director

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Director of Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) in Lagos, Mr Akin-George Fashola, has said that the service issues an average of 5,000 bills for traffic offences on monthly basis.

Fashola dropped the hint in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Tuesday.

He said that after the installation of cameras on the highways in June 2018, the service had issued fines to, at least, 5,000 traffic offenders.

“If you commit an offence, you pay a minimum fine of N20,000, while the fine can go up, depending on the offence.

“If you engage in one-way driving, for instance, you forfeit the vehicle to the state government.

“Driving when the red light is on attracts a fine of N100,000; if there are no vehicular particulars, you can get a fine of N20,000, while no insurance papers and no road worthiness certificate attract N60,000.

“So, payment of fine depends on various kinds of violations. Therefore, the primary reason for the installation is to allow technology to do the job effectively and without any bias.

“The installation also allows officers to be more focused on the other aspects of traffic activities.

“If it is an issue of red light, the cameras and technologies can do faster job and even more efficiently, and they are on for 24 hours. While officers have closing time, cameras don’t,” Fashola said.

He said that there were seven hidden cameras located at strategic points in the state, adding that they were positioned at heavy traffic areas.

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The director stated that they had also fixed 10 mobile cameras in their patrol vehicles to monitor traffic offenders at heavy vehicular traffic areas.

He listed some of the areas where the cameras were fixed to include: Apapa, Victoria Island, Surulere and Ikorodu road, among others.

According to him, the purpose of installing the cameras is to monitor traffic violations across the state.

Fashola noted that the cameras were working effectively and efficiently, noting that government was upgrading the software and the data processing machine from time to time. (NAN)

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