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Lagos govt warns Okada riders on traffic laws

The Lagos State Government has warned motorcycle operators popularly known as ‘’Okada” operating in the State to obey the Road Traffic Law 2012 on all unrestricted routes.

Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa gave this warning in his office at Alausa recently. According to him, it is highly important for motorcycle operators to obey the Road Traffic Law in order for the State Government to further ensure the safety and security of the people.

Opeifa who lamented the flagrant disobedience of the Road Traffic Law by motorcycle operators said that in spite of the stakeholders engagements, public enlightenment and advocacy embarked upon by the State Government to educate motorcycle associations both legal and otherwise, on the provisions of the Law and the need for voluntary compliance, some motorcycle operators still ply restricted and unrestricted routes with impunity.

Opeifa reminded motorcycle operators that Section 3 sub sections 3 and 4 stipulate that no person shall operate a motorcycle either as a rider or a passenger without wearing a standard protective crash helmet and that no motorcycle operator shall carry more than one (1) passenger at a time or a pregnant woman, a child below the age of twelve (12) years or an adult with a baby on her back.

He warned motorcycle operators who ply unrestricted routes without the proper registration of the motorcycles, to desist from such unlawful act as both rider and passenger would be made to face the law.

Opeifa appealed to Nigeria Police, Military and other Law Enforcement Agents to carry out their duties diligently while enforcing the Road Traffic Law adding that Lagosians rely on them for their safety, security and enforcement of the Law.


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