The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation, through the Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA), on Thursday launched the newly designed Articulated and Allied Vehicle Number Plate (AVNP).

Speaking at the launch, the Honourable Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who was represented by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Mr. Sewedo Oluseyi Whenu said that the development is to further prioritise safe motoring measures for crime detection on Lagos roads.

According to him, one of the major benefits of the initiative is the creation of a robust database for all articulated and heavy-duty vehicles, especially those that ply State roads.

“As you are all aware, it is quite difficult to manage or deal with any problem effectively if you can’t measure it or have verifiable data. The essence of the database is, therefore, to provide and share valuable information and data on an articulated vehicle with the law enforcement agencies, the Nigeria Police and the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) for safety and security as well as crime investigation and detection purposes”, he stated.

Oladeinde disclosed that all new vehicles coming into the State through the Ports will be required to obtain the Temporary Vehicle Tag (TVT) to be issued by Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA) as a means of identification for yet-to-be-fully registered, newly-acquired vehicles pending full registration.

He maintained that the new Articulated Vehicle Number Plate (AVNP) scheme has been designed and simplified to engender user-friendly and seamless procedures for the issuance of the plates, assuring that the pricing regime for the plates is affordable.

Also speaking at the event, the General Manager, Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI), Mrs. Afusat Tiamiyu appealed to drivers to ensure that they upgrade their driving skills by enrolling at the Institute for training, stressing the Agency has skilled personnel who impart knowledge required for safe and precision driving.

The General Manager of LASTMA, Mr. Olatunde Oduyoye, in his remarks, stated that complying with traffic regulations ensures sanity on the roads, pointing out that if there is a free flow of traffic, there will be reduced lawless activities on the roads.

Earlier, while delivering her welcome address, the General Manager MVAA, Mrs. Lape Kilanko reiterated the present administration’s resolve to form an all-inclusive government.

She gave the assurance that MVAA will continually review its policies to provide services that are customer-oriented and tailored towards the ease of doing business.

Others present at the event include the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Mr. Oluwatoyin Fayinka; General Manager Traffic Radio, Mr. Tayo Akanle and General Manager Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Mr. Olajide Oduyoye among others.