In a significant move to alleviate traffic congestion and ensure the safety of its residents, the Lagos State Government has issued a 7-day ‘vacation order’ to commercial bus drivers who have been parking indiscriminately on bridges across the state. This directive comes as a result of ongoing concerns regarding the improper use of these vital infrastructures, which has not only disrupted traffic but also put the integrity of these bridges at risk.
A Call for Order and Efficiency
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa, announced this crucial development in a statement released on Monday. Despite multiple warnings and appeals to comply with regulations, commercial bus drivers continued to defy government orders, causing serious obstructions and disruptions around these bridges.
This relentless defiance has had a detrimental impact on traffic flow and, more significantly, on the structural integrity of these crucial infrastructures. In response to these challenges, the Lagos State Government is taking a proactive stance to address the issue.
The State’s Investment in Transportation Infrastructure
Mr. Giwa emphasized that the current administration is committed to investing significant resources in constructing standard bus terminals and garages across various parts of the state. These initiatives are aimed at creating dedicated and efficient spaces for commercial activities, ultimately improving the transportation system and commuter experience in Lagos.
Affected Areas and Immediate Action
The ‘vacation order’ issued by the government applies to motorist and commercial bus drivers operating in specific areas, including ‘Apongbon’ and ‘Idumota’ (Cater) Bridges, ‘Elegbata,’ ‘Ebute-Ero,’ and ‘Ejalonibu.’ It is imperative that these drivers vacate these areas within the stipulated 7-day period.
The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will commence strict enforcement operations immediately after the expiration of this ultimatum. The goal is to achieve zero tolerance for indiscriminate parking on bridges across the state.
The activities of these commercial bus drivers on bridges are in direct violation of the provisions of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, as amended. This law seeks to ensure the orderly conduct of transportation within the state, as well as the safety and convenience of commuters.
In light of this, Mr. Giwa affirmed that any vehicles found to be in contravention of this order after the 7-day ultimatum will be promptly charged to the Lagos State Mobile Court for prosecution. The Lagos State Government is committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that these regulations are enforced to their fullest extent.
The 7-day ‘Vacation Order’ takes immediate effect from Monday, 16th of October, 2023. This decisive step reflects the urgency of the matter and the commitment of the Lagos State Government to addressing the ongoing traffic issues and the improper use of bridges in the state.
This move is essential for ensuring the safe and efficient flow of traffic, preventing further damage to vital infrastructures, and ultimately enhancing the quality of life for Lagos residents.
In conclusion, the Lagos State Government’s issuance of a 7-day ‘vacation order’ to commercial bus drivers parking indiscriminately on bridges sends a clear message: adherence to traffic regulations and the responsible use of critical infrastructures is non-negotiable. By doing so, the government aims to reduce traffic congestion, protect the integrity of its bridges, and ensure the safety and convenience of commuters.
This step is not only in compliance with legal provisions but is also a proactive measure to enhance the overall transportation system in Lagos. The government’s commitment to investing in standard bus terminals and garages demonstrates its dedication to improving transportation services throughout the state.
For motorists and commercial bus drivers operating on the specified bridges, the message is clear: comply with the ‘vacation order’ within the stipulated 7 days or face legal consequences. The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) is ready to enforce these regulations promptly.