By Olasunkanmi Akoni
lagos—The Lagos State Government says it will henceforth impound, any articulated vehicle which driver contravenes the State Road Traffic Law 2012. The government also added that it will restrict them from plying the metropolis between the hours of 6am to 9pm. Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu, stated that the measure became necessary following incessant auto accidents of articulated vehicles, especially, the fatal accident at Ojuelegba, Surulere Local Government Area, involving a container-laden trailer on September 2.
He said the trailer was discovered to have contravened Section 2 (i) and 2 (ii) of the Traffic Law. According to Whenu, the state government would henceforth go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contravenes the Law by impounding and making them to pay the stipulated fine accordingly.
Meantime, leaders of various transport unions and associations in the state, weekend, at a meeting with officials of the state government resolved to support the new directive introduced in apprehending traffic offenders.
In his reaction, The State Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria, RTEAN, Alhaji Musa Muhammed, speaking on behalf of other transport union leaders, described the measure as a welcome development just as he pledged the support of their members in co-operating with the state government in maintaining law, order and sanity in the transport sector.
…To rid metropolis of street traders, hawkers
In a related development, the state government has restated its readiness to rid the state of street trading, saying it would fully enforce the provisions of the law restricting street trading in the metropolis.
Chairman of the State Task Force on Environmental and Other Special Offences (Enforcement Unit), Olubukola Abe, who gave the commitment while speaking to journalists in Alausa, Ikeja said the new drive is to reduce the traffic congestion on the road, often caused by the activities of street trading.
Abe said Section 1 of the Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohibition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis. Abe said his men were prepared to step up enforcement of the relevant sections of the law, urging motorists not to patronize them. According to him, Section 10 of the law prescribes a N5000 fine or three months imprisonment upon conviction.