Lagos state governor Akinwunmi Ambode, on Monday, ordered that all officers of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) leave the state roads.
The service’s officers, known commonly as Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) have a reputation of doing whatever they can to find a way to fine any driver they stop.
Reports have stated that they were recalled after the governor got wind of their activities.
A source reportedly told Punch newspaper: “The story on a painter, whose car got burnt in VIO’s custody, caused a discreet investigation into the activities of the outfit and I can tell you that the report was not palatable.
“Apart from this, complaints about the overzealousness of some VIO men have reached a high level.
“The governor, who said he would not tolerate any highhandedness in his administration, ordered them out of Lagos roads until further notice.”
However, the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Steve Ayorinde, has revealed that it is part of a restructuring going on in the Ministry of Transportation.
Ayorinde said “The truth is that the transport ministry is undergoing restructuring, including the VIOs. The commissioner for transportation had made some recommendations, which he will present at the State Executive Council meeting and things can move forward from there.
“But we all believe that the VIOs’ activities should be technologically driven and more. These will be seen soon.”