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VIOs to begin computerised drivers test in June

By Our Correspondent
Prospective drivers seeking to obtain a driver’s licence will from June 1 undertake compulsory computerised driving test, says the Conference of Directors/Chief Road Traffic Officers of the Federation (VIOs).
Alhaji Garba Gaya said on Friday in Abuja that the policy would ensure sanity on the roads.
Gaya dropped the hint while inspecting the newly introduced sets of computers to be used for the drivers’ test in the Federal Capital Territory with some states’ directors.
The conference is an annual event of directors of road traffic services/chief vehicles inspection officers of the federation.
It is a policy review conference that brings together the directors of the various state road traffic departments to rub minds, share experiences and consider new proposals on road traffic management in the country.
It also proffers ideals and proposals that may assist government at all levels, motorists and the general public towards greater safety on the highway.
According to Gaya, June 1 has been scheduled as commencement date for the nationwide test in an effort to upgrade the manual and oral means of testing intending drivers before the issuance of vehicle licenses in Nigeria.
He stated that the issuance and use of fake licences, which had hitherto been the trend in Nigeria, was now a thing of the past.
“This, according to the National conference of Chief Traffic Officers in Nigeria, will reduce the menace of fake driving certificates being issued by unauthorised driving schools that produce unqualified drivers across Nigeria.
“We are by law the chief safety instructors in Nigeria, as far as safety on the road is concerned,” he said.
Gaya noted that the responsibilities of the VIOs also included inspection and testing of vehicles to ascertain their road worthiness before being licensed to be on the road.
The chairman also said that it was the sole responsibility of the VIOs or RTOs to conduct theory tests and practical tests on those seeking to obtain drivers’ licenses.
“After the tests the successful applicant will be referred to FRSC for bio metric capturing and printing of the document, the driver’s license is then officially issued by RTOs/VIOs. Vehicular accidents in Nigeria are surprisingly not mainly as a result of bad roads, rather the vehicles and the drivers.

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