By Olasunkanmi Akoni, Evelyn Usman & Monsur Olowopejo
Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State has directed traffic management officers and public officials in the state to henceforth desist from arresting motorists without original Ministry of Transportation (MOT) certificates even as he said only motorists that have violated glaring traffic rules, offences and law as specified in the traffic law and Highway Code should be booked.
Also, the state government has introduced a new mini-bus system tagged â€œFash-foton mini bus transit schemeâ€ to complement the current public transport system in the state.
Fashola on MOT also directed that the process henceforth was that enforcement officers should give a docket to the MOT offending motorist with a moratorium of 21 days during which time to rectify the anomaly and obtain genuine documents.
Disclosing this at a media briefing in Alausa, Ikeja yesterday, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Coker, said the directive was from the Governor and aimed towards alerting the public on the development.
According to Coker, who was accompanied by the Permanent Secretary, Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, Mr. Akin Hanson, the aim of MOT Test programme as conceptualised and executed by the state is to ensure a culture of road safety.
His words: â€œGovernor Fashola has directed that henceforth no motorists should be contravened or arrested on the premise of possession of inauthentic MOT test certificates. The process henceforth is that enforcement officers should give a docket to the offending motorist with a moratorium of 21 days during which time to rectify the anomaly and obtain genuine documents.â€
While government is making efforts to curb the anomaly, Coker called on members of the public who were harassed on account of the original MOT documents to lodge their complaints by sending SMS through the numbers: 08033056975; 08033239051 and; 07028049983 to address complaint of harassment against fake MOT certificates.
According to him, the law enforcement and traffic management strategies and officers in the state were not created purposely to generate revenue but rather to make roads safe and sane for the use and convenience of law-abiding citizens.
On the mini buses, Special Adviser to Governor on Rural Development, Mr. Adeboye Kalejaiye, at the launch of the transit said the Lagos State government in collaboration with Asian Motors introduced the scheme to ease the problem of the current transportation system that has cause traffic congestion in the state highways for a long period.
He added that the 15-seater buses would further bring succours to the people of Lagos and also mark the end of jalopy transport vehicle on the Lagos highway.