The Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) in Kwara has said that Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR), cameras would soon be deployed in the state to identify vehicles with expired particulars.
Mr Micheal Bamidele, Chief Vehicle Inspection Officer in the state, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Wednesday in Ilorin.
Bamidele stated that the cameras would be erected in the high density areas in the state.
According to him, the cameras have been in use in Lagos and Ekiti states and will make the officers in Kwara more effective.
He said that the devices would be integrated with some gadgets in the office.
“Integrate in the sense that the link to those cameras will be with us and it will send signals to the gadgets held by our officers.
“The cameras will also send messages to the vehicle owner that contravenes the law and ask him where to report.
“The cameras can also zoom in the vehicle to know the location and the time when the vehicle is captured.
“There is a mobile one and an expert has come here to demonstrate to us how the machines work,” he said.
The VIO spokesperson noted that the cameras would carry out in three hours what it would take the officers six months to achieve.
He warned that any erring motorist who refused to report when needed would be blacklisted by the office.
“Anytime the machine sights the vehicle again, it will raise a red flag and send signal again to our officers that this is the vehicle we have been looking for.
“It is not a magic. I have seen it and know how it works,” the VIO chief said.
He, however, allayed the fear that the devices might make his officers redundant.
”The devices will rather make them more effective than before because every officer will be busy,” Bamidele said.
He also warned whoever that purchased a vehicle to do transfer of ownership to avoid being penalised for someone else’s offence.
He added that vehicles impounded would be examined to ensure that any defect noticed would be fixed before being released to the owner.
Edited By: Chinyere Bassey/Donald Ugwu (NAN)
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