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Lagos adopts technology to manage traffic

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By Mercy Kelani

It newly introduced Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR).

The extent of the development of the economy of the society is rested on the technology employed for the public transport system. The functionality of the transport system determines the existence of any economy. Hence, this functionality can be achieved with the aid of technology used in transportation. With the announcement on the use of the subsequent introduction of Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) and modern system for traffic management on May 16th 2017, Lagos State has signed up with the league of global smart cities with an absolute sustainable plan.

Also, the launching of ANPR for the verification of vehicle documents such as insurance synchronized on electronic platforms, road worthiness and vehicle license has established easy access to vehicle conditions while stopping human intervention which hinders traffic. Before the advent of technology, Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) use manual verifications though the medium of checkpoints on the road, without avoidance of misunderstanding between the violators and the officers. Removal of human intervention by the operational value of ANPR technology has resulted in maintenance of peace on the road, growth in the state, improved economic opportunities and reduction in traffic.

Compliance checks, vehicular violation are evaluated in developed countries.

Traffic Management Solution (TMS) device is another significant part of the introduction of technology in the traffic management sector in Lagos state. TMS is known as the Traffic Law compliance protocol that captures real-time video and picture evidence of vehicle compliance and road violations as they happen. The perennial traffic gridlock usually derived through dispute between the transit law violators and the law enforcement officers is progressively reducing through the deployment of the device. Consequently, the law violators may decide to present the violation number in a Traffic Law Court for the misconduct that he/she decide to challenge under Global best practice.

Furthermore, the essence of traffic law enforcement personnel to engage in physical contact with vehicular violators on the road will progressively reduce due to the invention of the TMS device. Thus, the agents only concentrate on capturing violators and providing a better environment for effective and functional transit management which is duly their primary duty. The objective of this technology is to ensure easiness by removing impediments and situational causes of counterproductive results on Lagos roads. Compliance checks and vehicular violation are evaluated in developed countries across the globe and Lagos should not be different in anyway as it is a developing smart city.

Junctions are now controlled by traffic signal technology.

Reports have apparently shown that the junctions and roundabouts that were built when there were around 3-5 million population in the state could no longer meet the demands of over 22 million population present in the state. The Lagos State Ministry of Transportation commenced Traffic Management Intervention Plan (TMIP) in September 2019 for 60 acknowledged corridors or Junctions with a plan to mandate the proper use of pedestrian walkways, garages, parks and road carriageways in order to lessen the time to travel, reduce motorist conflicts and promote security on the roads.

Additionally, the TMIP initiative drove the Reconstruction of the junctions which include six major roundabouts has been redesigned into junctions. They are Ikotun Junction, Lekki Junction 2, Allen Junction, Abraham Adesanya Junction, Lekki Junction 1, and Maryland Junctions. All these junctions are now controlled by traffic signal technology, by replacing the management style of manual traffic. This latest invention is getting more fun across the state. The report showed evidence in order to buttress the claim. Also, the introduction of “no vehicle inspection, no roadworthiness certificate” which started in January 2022, the Lagos State Government has continuously reduced loss of lives and property.

Reduction of traffic congestion has been extended to Apapa.

This policy regime has enforced the check of vehicles which might create danger and affect other road users, using the safety standards tests that was carried out at the 2 mobile centres and the 31 computerised vehicle inspection centres across Lagos State. The reduction of traffic congestion has been further extended to Apapa and its environs. Before taking charge of Apapa Traffic Management and Control for restoration of sanity and socio-economic balance, the state government collaborated with the Nigeria Port Authority (NPA) to introduce a call-up technology.

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