Technology as a key tool to boost the transport industry – Commissioners’ Forum

By Lucy Ogalue

The Nigeria Transportation Commissioners’ Forum has again emphasized the importance of technology for the advancement of the country’s transportation industry.

The Forum’s Executive Secretary, Ms. Chinwe Uwaegbute, said so at the ongoing National Conference of Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers of the Federation, held in Kogi.

Uwaegbute said in a statement released on Wednesday that the significant changes in transportation technologies over the years have completely overturned the status quo and had a lasting impact on the industry.

According to them, traffic management becomes safer, while collecting traffic data has never been easier as the advanced driver assistance system contributes to a safe and relaxed driving experience.

“Technological innovations have made it easy to analyze traffic in real time and provide 100 percent accurate data in all traffic conditions.

“This helps to save time and money and of course increases our own sales for planning and development.

“With the advent of technology, recognizing license plates has become an easy task for traffic authorities.

“It is a real-time based vehicle tracking and identification system by capturing and analyzing live camera images.

“The system’s automated information source adds an important component to the decision-making process for various applications in the areas of access control, parking and visitor management, traffic surveys and toll systems,” she said.

Uwaegbute emphasized that continents and countries of the world, including Africa, have, over time, adopted different technologies for the implementation of laws, rules and regulations that govern their respective motor vehicle administrations and enforcement.

“By doing so, they have built a reliable database that will help make informed decisions, plan, manage and allocate resources globally,” she said.

Uwaegbute recalled that in 2018 the Lagos government asked its Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to develop a clearly defined operating model driven by technology.

She said once implemented, the technology-enhanced security of life and property increased the revenue generated by closing loopholes and stimulating other stakeholders’ operating standards.

“It is important to say that Lagos, its peers and other countries around the world would not have reached this milestone without the various technologies.

“The strategic actions taken have also helped curb the state’s growing disregard for traffic rules and regulations and ensure a consistent and timely delivery of services.

“It is fair to note that there is more to be gained in our various states than is currently attainable.

“This includes services such as: weighbridge, driving license, driving tests, automation and issuing of driver cards for tricycles and motorcycles.

“These go largely untapped by most states, with subsequent lost revenue in the millions, if not billions,” Uwaegbute said.

The executive secretary said that in order for sanity, safety and standards to prevail on the roads, everyone should be seen as a stakeholder as the road is a common good of everyone and everyone.

“It is therefore imperative that we as a government make a concerted effort and use the technology in line with best practice, particularly in relation to motor vehicle administration and regulations,” she said.

According to the executive secretary, this will put the country on the global map of vehicle regulations and road safety and security compliance, with the attendant benefits of increased revenue generation for national planning and economic development. (NAN) (www.nannews.ng)

Edited by Modupe Adeloye and ‘Wale Sadeeq

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