In consonance to the various pledges by the Lagos State Governor, Babajide Olushola Sanwoolu, to employ 21st century tools to improve transportation nay travel time, the state government has launched the Traffic Management Solution (TMS) Device to ensure traffic law compliance within the Metropolis.
Explaining during the launch how the digital device functions, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said the TMS which is in the form of a hand-held device, is a traffic law compliance initiative that activates the real-time capture of picture and video evidence of road traffic violations as they occur.
The Transportation Commissioner reiterated that the innovation alongside the previously launched body cameras will guarantee transparency as it will eradicate the controversy of traffic misdemeanor and fine payments between the Traffic Law Enforcement Officers and violator
Oladehinde further explained that the rationale for government’s adopting the TMS device “is to modernize operations and simplify enforcement by eliminating situations that facilitate impediments and counterproductive results on our roads,” he enthused.
He however noted that, an aggrieved offender may choose to visit a Traffic Court and challenge the violation reports issued, adding that an App will also be made available for people to capture unlawful actions of LASTMA and VIS Officers to create a 2 –way check for both parties.
Oladeinde disclosed that the hand held device will also complement the fixed Automated Number Plate Registration (ANPR) cameras to verify the authenticity of vehicular documents and enable efficient and effective traffic management in the nooks and crannies of Lagos state.
The Commissioner used the occasion to appeal to Lagosians to bear with the Government on the current congestion as a result of the ongoing road constructions. He said the sacrifices will be worthwhile and that the State Government will not relent in its effort to minimize the inconveniences accompanied with the construction work.
In his speech, the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Hon. Oluwatoyin Fayinka, stated that gridlocks are caused by motorists who deliberately disregard traffic laws. He advised Lagosians to desist from sabotaging the efforts of the Government or be penalized. On enforcement, the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Engr. Olajide Oduyoye, said that officers of the agency will immediately commence enforcement according to the stipulated Traffic Laws of the State. He assured that the TMS Device will be used to facilitate compliance
In the same vein, the Director, Vehicle Inspection Service, VIS, Engr. Akin George Fashola, urged motorists to perform their civic duty by driving with caution and concern for other road users.
While thanking members of the fourth estate of the realm for their support at disseminating information to the public, the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Kamar Olowoshago, reiterated that the newly introduced TMS device is not set out to generate revenue, but to ensure compliance with Traffic Laws for safety of lives and property.
Present at the Briefing were the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Gbenga Omotosho, and other management staff of the Lagos State Government.
- Courtesy of Nigeria Transport Hub