Know The Roles And Responsibilities Of VIO

Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) have well defined briefs/functions in their bid to establish stability and smooth flow of traffic on the roads.


  • Inspection and issuance of road worthiness certificate (RWC)  to all types of vehicles
  • Ensuring and inspecting that vehicles are road worthy at all times
  • Training and testing of applicants for Driver’s license
  • Testing and training of applicants for Rider’s card
  • Organising seminars and public lectures.
  • Carrying out inspection of vehicles involved in accidents
  • Certification of driving schools
  • Co-operating with other agencies to enforce traffic rules and regulations
  • Providing accessible emergency services
  • Co-operating with relevant agencies engaged in road safety activities or in the prevention of accidents on the highways
  • Preparing and keeping statutory registers and a database of all certificates issued and revoked

Upon stopping a vehicle on the road, a VIO is permitted to ask to see the following items:

As a Private vehicle driver:

  • Drivers license
  • Vehicle license
  • MOT/Roadworthiness certificate
  • Insurance certificate
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Spare tyre
  • C-caution
  • Wheel spinner
  • Jack
  • First Aid kit
  • Touch Light
  • Spare fan belt
  • Tow rope

As a Commercial vehicle driver:

  • Drivers license
  • Vehicle license
  • Roadworthiness certificate
  • Insurance certificate
  • Hackney/stage carriage permit
  • FireSpare  extinguisher
  • tyre
  • C-caution
  • Vehicle’s accordance with state approved commercial color
  • Two crash helmets (Motorcycle)

A Vehicle Inspection Officer (VIO) also has the liberty to inspect the following parts of your car:

  • Windscreen and wipers
  • Head Lights
  • Tail Lights
  • Tires
  • Exhaust for emissions
  • Car’s body
  • Number Plates
  • Rearview mirrors
  • Brakes
  • Accessories i.e Jack, C Caution, Fire extinguisher

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2 Replies to “Know The Roles And Responsibilities Of VIO”

  1. I have a privately registered van. The van is for private use. I have lately been experiencing a stop from VIO telling me I should be registered commercial. Pls help clarify. Thanks

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