Plans to use Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs)

The Anambra State government will use Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) to reinvigorate its transport sector, the state’s Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Chike Ohamobi, announced in Awka on Thursday.

Ohamobi said that between 30 and 40 people would be recruited to complement the existing officers.

?You will find out that we have a lot of rickety vehicles plying our roads, especially commercial vehicles, while many of the drivers are not subjected to tests before licences are issued to them. So, we want to bring in our vehicle inspectors to help re-invigorate the transport sector, so that the people can get the best of road usage,? he said.

“We are training the officers to make sure that people pass tests before licences are issued to them. This will ensure competence on the roads and reduce road crashes.?

The commissioner said the ministry would also re-organise the Anambra State Traffic Agency (ASTA) to make it more efficient in de-congesting traffic.

According to him, the state government was increasing the number of road projects to be completed before the end of Governor Peter Obi?s administration in 2014.

?There is no way you can talk of getting vehicles off the roads without having good roads,? Ohamobi said.

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