Enforcement of Ban on Okada and Tricycle Operations in Lagos Island Commences

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Enforcement of Ban on Okada and Tricycle Operations in Lagos Island Commences

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The Lagos State Government on Monday commenced the enforcement of the ban on Okada and Tricycle operations within the Lagos Central Business District in accordance with Section 3 of the Lagos Road Traffic Law, 2012.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on CBD, Prince Anofiu Olarenwaju Elegushi disclosed this while monitoring enforcement of the ban within the Lagos Island Business District.
Elegushi expressed displeasure at the recalcitrant attitude of the Tricycle and Okada operators who flout the stipulated traffic laws of the State guiding their operations with impunity.
He noted that the ban on Okada and tricycle popularly referred to as ‘Keke Marwa’ in some parts of the State had been in force on some roads within the Lagos Island Central Business District.
“Henceforth, we have given security agencies, including our enforcement officers, marching orders to strictly enforce the traffic law banning commercial Okada and tricycle operations within the CBD; no breakdown of law and order would be condoned within the Central Business District” he affirmed.
He listed some of the roads within the Lagos Island Central Business District (CBD) where Okada and Tricycles must not operate as Broad Street, Nnamdi Azikwe Street, Inner and Outer Marina, Martins Street, Balogun Street as well as Davies Street, amongst others.
Making reference to the State Traffic Law of 2012, the Special Adviser said that according to Section 3 of the Lagos Road Traffic Law 2012, ‘No person shall ride, drive or propel a cart, wheelbarrow, motorcycle or tricycle on any of the routes specified in Schedule 11 of this Law’.
He maintained that motorcycles and tricycles have been restricted on 475 roads, highways and bridges specified in the ban list, saying the restricted areas are well known to associations of Okada and Tricycle operators and urging them to obey the law.
While reiterating that tricycles are not approved as part of the Lagos transport system, he said that State government would continue to clampdown on Okada and Tricycles on restricted routes, especially in the Central Business District.
Recall that the government restricted the operations of motorcycles and tricycles in the State after a series of meetings with Transport Unions and the eventual passing of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law in August 2012.
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