Lagos restricts trailer movement

The Lagos State Government said the provision of the road traffic law, restricting trailers and long vehicles from plying the metropolis between 6am and 9pm, will now be fully enforced.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Oluseyi Whenu, who spoke on Sunday against the backdrop of a fatal accident involving a container-laden trailer on September 2, said the trailer contravened Section 2 (i) (ii) of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law.

Whenu said, “The state government will henceforth go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contravened the law, as such vehicle will be impounded and made to pay the stipulated fine accordingly.”

Meanwhile, the government has explained the new directive on apprehending traffic offenders to transport unions and associations in the state.

Whenu, at the meeting, said the Lagos State Transport Management Authority officials had not been withdrawn from performing their statutory responsibilities on the road.

He said, “The new directive will pay more emphasis on flawless flow of traffic, while traffic offenders will now be booked and expected to pay their fines within the stipulated period in line with the state government’s promise to Lagosians to make life easier for them.”

He urged transport operators to ensure the success of the initiative and not see it as a sign of weakness.

“The government has also directed that all commercial passenger vehicles should obey all traffic rules and regulations by stopping only at designated bus stops, close bus doors while in motion, among other provisions of the law,” Whenu added.

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