After HumAngle Traffic Series, Lagos State To Tackle Gridlock With TMS

TMS will help to address controversial issues surrounding operations of traffic law enforcement officers as well as putting traffic violations to rest.

Following the HumAngle series on how the unpredictability of Lagos traffic has caused residents to miss a lot of opportunities which affected their mental and physical health , the Lagos State Government in Southwest Nigeria has introduced the Traffic  Management Solution (TMS) to ease the age-long traffic.

Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday, July 7, 2021,  Frederick Oladeinde, Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, said the TMS would help to address controversial issues surrounding operations of law enforcement personnel as well as putting alleged traffic violations by road users to rest.

TMS is a technologically driven device to reduce human interface, eliminate traffic congestions on the roads and manage violations of traffic laws.

The commissioner said the new device is about transparency which will further ensure seamless traffic congestion in the state.

He said the device would be used by both the Lagos Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA), and the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) in their renewed operations. 

The device  is linked to the control room where every activity would be monitored and captured, the commissioner explained.

Oladeinde said residents would experience transparency at its peak with the use of the TMS as it would expose, in detail, violations with the provisions of video and picture evidence to aid the resolution process and give specific financial penalties within the ambit of the law.

“TMS is a traffic law compliance initiative that allows the real-time capture of picture and video evidence of road traffic and vehicle compliance violations as they occur with the use of handheld devices,” the Leadership newspaper quoted the commissioner as saying . 

Purpose of TMS 

The commissioner said “In line with the smart city status of the state, this innovation will align with traffic management structure on traffic law violations and compliance checks as well as the following: Resolution of the perennial traffic gridlock issues caused by traffic violations within the state.”

He also said there would be eradication of fine payments controversy between the traffic law enforcement officers and violators as “only electronic payments guarantee the clearance of a violation from the violators lists.”

“Offender may choose to visit a Traffic Court and present the violation number for the violation he/she wishes to challenge.”

He said the technology will facilitate electronic verification of the authenticity of drivers’ licenses, vehicle licenses, and number plates which will significantly assist in achieving the goal of clamping down on motorists with fake licenses and number plates.

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Azeezat Adedigba

Azeezat Adedigba is an Assistant Editor/ Lagos Bureau Chief for HumAngle. She is also an investigative journalist and the winner of the 2019 Female Reporters Leadership Program (FRLP) organised by Wole Soyinka Centre for Investigative Journalism (WSCIJ). Azeezat is passionate about gender and children advocacy. She has a degree in Mass Communication from the University of Jos.

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