The Vehicle Inspection Unit of the Ministry of Transport has began inspection of all vehicles plying the roads in Rivers State to determine their road wortheness.
The state Chief Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO), Mr Innocent Otonye disclosed this during an interactive forum with commercial taxi drivers at the Rivers Transport Co-operation Union Secretariat, Ikwerre Road, Diobu, Port Harcourt on Sunday.
Mr Innocent said the physical inspection of vehicles is backed by the Rivers State law on traffic management, section 2 (a) of the Rivers State Road Traffic Law No.6 of 2009.
He said all motorists in the state should comply with the directive as the unit would soon commence enforcement of the order.
The Chief VIO in the state further enjoined all road users to co-operate with the vehicle inspection personal in the course of the exercise, and called on both official, company, Private and commercial car owners to adhere strictly.
According to him, the officers would during the inspection exercise pay special attention on the vehicle trafficator, windscreen, wipers, side mirrors, tyres including spares, fire extinguishers, emissions, vehicle particulars including drivers and vehicle license, insurance road worthiness and permit for commercial vehicles among others.
In an interview with The Tide correspondent in his office later, Mr Otonye throw more light on the exercise, saying that it is not new but only changed the name from Ministry of Transport Test (MOT) to vehicle inspection test, adding that only those who succeeded in the exercise would be issued certificate of Road worthiness, duely signed by the Chief VIO.
He hinted that for more enlightenment, a meeting was held with officials and representatives of Commercial Transport Unions and associations in the state recently, and shown copies of the same exercise being embarked upon by Abuja, and other states, enjoining all to comply.
Mr Otonye disclosed that the exercise is taking place at the Rivers Marine Transport Services Premises, Marine Base, Port Harcourt and other VIV Offices in local government areas in the state.