For car drivers who ply the roads of Lagos, there will be no hiding place as the e-inspection device will locate any traffic offender.
Employing technology to bring about traffic compliance from motorists is now a dream come true in Lagos State. Driving a car that’s not roadworthy, or plying Lagos roads with an expired license (drivers / vehicle) or not possessing any document authorizing you to drive on the road may put you at risk of been tracked down.
The Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) in Lagos is categorized into two .The fixed monitors installed on the major roads and expressway in the 57 LGAs / Local Council Development Authorities (LCDA). And the mobile unit which is installed on the vehicles of all VIO’s to cover the areas that are not picked up by the fixed monitor.
Any traffic offense lurking in the crowd can be traced by ANPR as opined by the Director of VIS, Hafiz Toriola, an engineer, the accomplishment is as a result of a research carried out across the globe by the agency’s officials for three years. They visited the countries using the ANPR device as part of the study.
According to Wikipedia, the automatic plate number recognition can read text and save the images of the vehicle registration plate numbers captured, together with the photos of the driver. It makes use of infrared lighting which enables the camera capture pictures during the day and night as well. Also, distinguishing the plate numbers as the device captures them from place to place.
ANPR was built in 1976 in United Kingdom, at Police Scientific Development Branch. By 1979, the prototype system has already started working. The first time this device detected a stolen car in the United Kingdom was in 1981, which was followed by an arrest. Its usage became common when the easier to use and cheaper version was rolled out in the 1990s.
2. How does the ANPR work?
The fixed monitor and its mobile variant captures vehicles plying the roads, while their information are assessed through several databases like the Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Nigerian Insurance Association (NIA), Lagos State Transport Department (LSTD) and Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA). These agencies have their records set up in the system and the vehicle’s result showing its compliance will emerge.
If the vehicle has up-to-date documents, it is good to go. However, if one or more documents are detected to be invalid, the ANPR generates a bill to that effect. It will be forwarded via a text message while the hard copy of the details sent to the violators house address.
As said by Hafiz, VIS Director,
In a case where we are unable to get the address of the owner, maybe due to relocation or as a result of fake address, we would blacklist the vehicle and flag it, so that we would begin to monitor it and enforce arrest and compliance anytime the vehicle gets back on our roads.
He again revealed that there are so many of these cameras on our roads across the state. And our message for now is that our people should obey the law and maintain their vehicle. They should get all the prescribed particulars for their vehicles and obey traffic rules and regulations. If they do this, they need not be afraid of this new innovation which is meant to drive sanity down our transportation system.
The device is helping us to detect a lot of fake documents; such as fake driver’s licence, fake vehicle licence and fake insurance and road worthiness certificates.