Ambode Gives Tricycles, Okada 21 Days To Quit Restricted Routes | Independent Newspapers Limited
Newsletter subscribe


Ambode Gives Tricycles, Okada 21 Days To Quit Restricted Routes

Posted: Jun 25, 2015 at 6:45 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Adam Adedimeji, Lagos


The Lagos State Government has issued a 21-day ultimatum to commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators to leave all restricted routes or face the full wrath of the law.

Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, gave the order after a meeting with the leadership of motorcycle and tricycle associations in Lagos State.

At the meeting, the state government condemned the recalcitrant attitude of the transporters, who flout traffic laws and operational guidelines with impunity.

Bello noted that the Lagos State government would not allow a return to the recent past before the enforcement of the 2012 Road Traffic Law, when crime rate and road accidents caused by unruly motorcycle riders were prevalent.

He stressed that it was because government realised their value and contributions to the economy that it banned them from operating on 475 roads out of 9,100, adding.

The government spokesman also stated that the administration in Lagos State, being a listening and compassionate government, has directed a massive public enlightenment to precede full enforcement of the restriction order and sensitise the transporters and all Lagos residents on the need to comply with the Road Traffic Law.

In their response, the leadership of the motorcycle and tricycle operators thanked the state government for taking them into its confidence and promised to pass the message to their members before the deadline.

Guidelines for motorcycle and tricycle operations in Lagos State are contained in Section 3 and Regulation 16 Sub-Section 4, 5 and 6 of the Road Traffic Law, which restricts commercial motorcycles from plying 475 roads I the state.

The law also makes it mandatory for operators of commercial motorcycles to wear standard crash helmets, with full protection for both rider and passenger, the carrying of only one passenger, prohibition of children and pregnant women from riding commercial motorcycles, prohibition of motorcycles after 8pm in Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Ikeja and 10pm in other areas of the state, as well as no riding on the curb, median or road setbacks or in a direction prohibited by law.