The procedure for ascertaining road worthiness of vehicles in Abuja, has received a boost, as the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Directorate of Road Traffic Secretariat (DRTS) otherwise known as Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) today commences the physical computerized vehicle inspection scheme, aimed at bolstering safety on roads in the Territory.
The initiative, which is being handled by private firm, Temple Resources Ltd (TPL) in partnership with the VIO, according to the directorate, is mandatory for all motorists in the FCT to periodically surrender their vehicles for testing at the facility, in order to get a road worthy certificate from the VIO.
Consequently, corporate organisations, associations, unions and individual vehicle owners, whose vehicle particular expired at the end of Month of August, are advised to take such vehicle for computerized vehicle testing service at the designated centres in the Territory.
Peoples Daily reports that at the moment there are two pioneer operating testing centres located along Kubwa expressway and Kugbo (Nyanya-Keffi expressway) respectively.
Speaking at a one day sensitization programme, the Director of FCT VIO, Aliyu Danjuma Garba, said it is a facility that its time has come, considering the fact that the authorities have identified bad vehicles and bad drivers as causative factors in road traffic crashes in the territory.
He said with this (the scheme) coming on board, it will reduce incidence of having vehicles that are not worthy on our roads.
“Every motorist in the FCT is bond to come for a test; you have to surrender your vehicle for a test at any of the facilities, in order to get a road worthy certificate from the VIO.
“ But in the course of patrol, when it is observed that you (motorist)have not gotten your vehicle road worthiness certificate, you will be advised to visit the facility, so that you get your vehicle tested,” the director stressed.
He therefore called on the motoring public to embrace the initiative, because it only promotes maintenance culture for vehicle owners and gives a clear view on state of vehicles, instead of assumptions and poor results in terms of health status of vehicles.
On his part, Managing Director of TPL, Mr. Segun Obayendo, said vehicle owners having passed the testing process, will go to a VIO desk at the facility, where they would be issued a road worthiness certificate, as the company is DRTS to ascertain the road worthiness of vehicles in the FCT.
He added that aside physical inspection of state of vehicles; the scheme offers other services that are rendered at the facility are those that are expected of a modern DRTS such including registration renewals for all vehicles, to ascertain the road worthiness of vehicles, which is a very key function of the VIO.
On the costing implications for the motorists who would be accessing the services provided at the centres , Obayendo said that the price are fixed for N2, 250.00; N3,500.00; N5,000 and N7,000 respectively, depending on the type of vehicles to be tested.
On available manpower to handle the scheme, he said there is a total staff strength of 120 (60 each at the two centres), who will be working round the clock on a shift basis.
“We have the capacity to work from morning till late times every working days including Saturdays and Sundays.
“At the moment, we have two stations, but we want to construct six in the fct; so it’s remaining four stations to be sited at the airport road, Kado estate region, Bwari axis and Gwagwalada, in the nearest future.
Peoples Daily gathered that the process for the computerised vehicle testing scheme started six years ago, and on October 3, 2013, TPL signed an a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the government, after which it commenced construction of the two operational stations for the takeoff of the project.