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BRIEF HISTORY ON VEHICLE INSPECTION SCHEDULE IN NIGERIA

Brief History

Vehicle Inspection Schedule In Nigeria

In Nigeria, motor vehicle administration dates back to the colonial days with the coming of roads that linked the ports, regional capitals and other places of economic activities of the country.

Before 1939, vehicle inspection was carried out by the Directorate of works while motor licensing was carried out by the motor licensing officer under the Federal Ministry of Finance. During the Second World War, officers from the Directorate of works were drafted from Nigeria to serve in the colonial regiment of England. Consequently, the Directorate of work could no longer carry out the responsibilities of vehicle inspections.

On 1st January, 1949, the road traffic Act was promulgated by the colonial administration. It was an Act to regulate and control vehicular traffic on the highways and the licensing of such vehicles and persons in charge as well as matters incidental thereto. This in effect is motor vehicle administration. As a result of this development, the Inspector General of Police was mandated to undertake the responsibilities of vehicle inspection as well as driver licensing and enforcement of the traffic rules regulations until 1958 constitution of Nigeria conferred the powers on Regional Government to promulgate their own traffic laws.

The regions adopted the existing Modus Operandi; thus the Inspector General of Police continued to serve as the Principal licensing officer. This was however relinquished with the creation of inspection units under Mechanical Departments of Ministry of works of the then regions by the Prime Minister through a majority vote with effect from April, 1963. Hence, the promulgation of Caps. 118 of 1963, 115 of 1965 and 116 of 1967 for Northern Nigeria, Western and Eastern Nigeria respectively. However, with the coming into force of these laws and regulations, the nation witnessed a positive change in Motor Vehicle Administration. Drivers were properly tested and Licenced, vehicles were fully inspected and certified and the Vehicle Inspection Officers (V.I.O.s) were properly conducting routine checks on all roads to ensure road safety. At the same time collection of road tax as revenues being paid promptly by defaulters who were brought to book. Thus, the creation of states out of the then regions witnessed transferring of these functions to the states and later, the FCT.

MISSION STATEMENT

Mission & Vision of DRTS

OUR VISION

To make the roads and highways crash free for the general motoring public and integrate a world class traffic management system in Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja, Nigeria.

OUR MISSION

To ensure roadworthy vehicles and competent drivers ply the roads and highways in accordance with the road traffic Act, Laws of the Federation of Nigeria (1990).
To minimize traffic road crashes through an effective motor vehicle administration and traffic management for the purpose of ensuring safety of lives and property in the FCT.
ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURE

Organograme of DRTS

The DRTS as currently structured has four (4) divisions and ten (10) specialized units under the Director. Though traffic management is reflected as one of the functions performed by DRTS, what the Directorate is engaged in currently is purely traffic control and enforcement. To perform the traffic management function, more functions has to be assigned to it. The department of public transportation of the transportation secretariat currently performs more of the traffic management functions than the DRTS.
FUNCTIONS OF DRTS ACTIVITIES OF VEHICLE INSPECTION OFFICERS

Basic functions of The Directorate of Road Traffic Service

  • Total planning, controlling and managing of all aspects of Vehicles registration, documentation and licensing
  • Vehicle Inspection and Certification
  • Testing and inspection of Vehicles for Roadworthiness certification
  • Testing and inspection of vehicles involved in accidents and production of accident inspection reports.
  • Driver Training, Testing and Licensing
  • Motor vehicle related trades control, registration and licensing
  • All other matters related thereto, including collection of fees and levies on the matters stated above
  • Traffic management, monitoring and control
  • Public enlightenment on road safety
COMMANDS

Commands

VIO Commands in Abuja

The regions adopted the existing Modus Operandi; thus the Inspector General of Police continued to serve as the Principal licensing officer. This was however relinquished with the creation of inspection units under Mechanical Departments of Ministry of works of the then regions by the Prime Minister through a majority vote with effect from April, 1963. Hence, the promulgation of Caps. 118 of 1963, 115 of 1965 and 116of 1967 for Northern Nigeria, Western and Eastern Nigeria respectively. However, with the coming into force of these laws and regulations, the nation witnessed a positive change in Motor Vehicle Administration. Drivers were properly tested and Licensed, vehicles were fully inspected and certified and the Vehicle Inspection Officers (V.I.O.s) were properly conducting routine checks on all roads to ensure road safety. At the same time collection of road tax as revenues being paid promptly by defaulters who were brought to book. Thus, the creation of states out of the then regions witnessed transferring of these functions to the states and later, the FCT.

Commands in Abuja

  • HEADQUARTERS
  • Area 1
  • Asokoro
  • Nyanya
  • Gwagwalada
  • Bwari
  • Onex
  • Lugbe
  • Zuba/Deidei
  • Jabi
  • Kugbo truck terminal
  • Dutse
  • Apo/ Gudu
  • Idu-Karmo
  • Kuje
  • Gwarimpa
  • Wuye
  • Federal Secretariat 

The Roles of VIOs

Effective roles of the VIOs in Authentic Motor Vehicle Road Worthiness Certification cannot be detached from effective performance of MVA functions. These can be summarized as below:

  1. Ensuring that all vehicles are properly inspected and certified before registration or renewal of vehicle particulars.
  2. Public Education and advocacy.
  3. Effective patrols on roads and highway to carryout routine checks and enforce compliance.
  4. Effective enforcement through vehicle impoundment and payment of fines will ensure compliance.
  5. Ensuring that all vehicles are properly inspected and certified before registration or renewal of vehicle particulars.
  6. Ensuring that vehicle inspection plazas are well distributed for easy access within the metropolis.
  7. Collaboration with companies with large fleet for onsite vehicle inspection to ensure compliance using Mobile Vehicle Inspection Units.
  8. Periodic Training, Retraining Seminars and Conferences for officers towards achievement of mastery in Motor Vehicle Administration.
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MEET OUR MANAGEMENT TEAM

  • DCM Danjuma Aliyu Garba
    DCM Danjuma Aliyu Garba Director
  • Aminu Iro
    Aminu Iro Deputy Director
  • Ibe Prospect C.
    Ibe Prospect C. Deputy Director, Admin
  • Dele Yaro
    Dele Yaro
  • Abdulkadir Abubakar Koguna
    Abdulkadir Abubakar Koguna Head Drivers Testing and Training
  • Dogo A. W. Bodinga
    Dogo A. W. Bodinga Assistant Director Operations
  • Nwodo Patricia Ifeoma
    Nwodo Patricia Ifeoma Head Account
  • Hassan Abubakar Danmaradun
    Hassan Abubakar Danmaradun Deputy Director, Commercial
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