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Why Ambode Must Overturn Order Restricting Truck Movement To Night, By Haastrup

Posted: Sep 21, 2015 at 3:20 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chairperson of Seaport Terminal Operators Association of Nigeria (STOAN), Vicky Haastrup, has called on the Lagos State Government to review the order restricting articulated trucks within the metropolis to night time, on account of its adverse effects on the economy.

“While we appreciate the effort of the state government in ensuring safety of lives and property within the metropolis, we must not fail to underscore the implication of the restriction order.

“Mostly due to security concerns, the truck drivers might not be willing to move at night. This means cargo will not leave the ports and if cargoes don’t leave the port, the ports will be congested and the economy will be affected.

“Terminal operators and relevant government agencies have worked very hard over the past nine years to eliminate port congestion, but the restriction order is capable of reversing the gains made so far.

“The implication of port congestion is that shipping insurance costs will rise steeply, freights will be jerked up and shipping lines will slam congestion surcharges, which had been eliminated since 2006 after port concession, on cargoes coming to our ports.

“All these costs will be passed to the consumer, leading to higher costs of goods in the market and higher inflation,” she said.

Haastrup noted that such a restriction of truck to night could be done after a three-year moratorium.

“The deferment of the implementation of the law for the next three years will create the platform needed for government and stakeholders to work together on creating alternative truck routes and developing alternative modes of evacuating cargo, especially roads and rail, from the port,” she said.

Haastrup recalls that Section 2 of the new Lagos Traffic Law ?restricts trailers and articulated vehicles to night time, with only petrol tankers and long vehicles used in conveying passengers allowed to travel within the metropolis during the day. Vehicles with more than one rear axle or six tyres are allowed to move only between 6am and 9pm.