The Lagos State Government has announced its plans to restrict trailers and long vehicles from plying the metropolis between 6am and 9pm according to the Road Traffic Law of 2012.
This plan was made known by the Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu today, Sunday, September 6, as a result of the fatal accident involving a container-laden trailer on Thursday at Ojuelegba, which he disclosed that the trailer contravened Section 2 (i) and 2 (ii) of the Traffic Law.
In a statement, Whenu said the state government would henceforth go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contravened the law as such vehicle would be impounded and made to pay the stipulated fine accordingly.
The statement added that leaders of various transport unions and associations in the state had resolved to support the new directive introduced to apprehend traffic offenders.
He also clarified the state government’s position on the new directive, saying officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) had not been withdrawn from performing their statutory responsibilities on the road.
He explained that the new directive would lay more emphasis on flawless flow of traffic, while traffic offenders would be booked and expected to pay their fines within the stipulated period in line with the state government’s covenant with residents to make life easier for them.
He urged the operators to remind their members not to see the consideration by the state government as a sign of weakness by attacking LASTMA or any other enforcement agents, saying this would be sanctioned in accordance with relevant provisions of the law.
Whenu pleaded with the co-operation and support of all transport operators in ensuring the success of the new traffic initiative.