Lagos to Tackle Gridlock with Traffic Management Solution

Segun James

Determined to ease the perennial traffic gridlock that has made movement a nightmare to motorists in Lagos State, the state government has introduced the Traffic Management Solution (TMS), the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederick Oladeinde, has disclosed.

According to him, the solution will help to address the controversial issues surrounding operations of law enforcement personnel as well as putting alleged traffic violations to rest.

Oladeinde, while speaking on the introduction of the device at a joint press conference with the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Gbenga Omotoso, and the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Toyin Fayinka, pointed out that the hallmark of the new device is transparency, which would further ensure seamless traffic congestion in the state.

The 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 device, which would be used by both the Lagos Traffic Management Authority, (LASTMA), and the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) in their renewed operations, is linked to the control room where every activity would be monitored and captured.

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

He added that the recently launched body camera for law enforcement operatives would also compliment the new device.

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Accordingly, he said: “The 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.

“In line with the Smart City status of the state, this innovation will align with the 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.

“The eradication of fine payments controversy between the traffic law enforcement officers and violators as only electronic payments will guarantee the clearance of a violation from the violators list.

“Offenders may choose to visit a Traffic Court and present the violation number for the violation he/she wishes to challenge. Electronic verification of the authenticity of drivers’ licences, vehicle licences and number plates will significantly assist in achieving the goal of clamping down on motorists with fake licences and number plates.”


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