Transport Ministry issues No Stop Order on prime routes

Lagos State Government has ordered a “No Stop Order” for commercial vehicles between Oworonsoki and Obalende along the 3rd Axial Bridge, Lagos just as it announced a new regime of official number plates to be deployed for the State’s public service.

Disclosing this at a Press Briefing to discuss issues at traffic management, the acting Commissioner for transportation, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi noted that all commercial vehicles wishing to drop passengers at Adeniji and Sura Junctions on the route should detour into Idumagbo and Sura inside before turning to re-join the road.

He disclosed that the state government has plans for immediate enforcement of the “No Bus Stop Order”. He added that the stretch inward Lagos needed to be managed more effectively.

In a similar vein, he also maintained that extortion by council officials with respect to traffic offences will be curbed and noted that the local governments and local council development areas are not constitutionally empowered to arrest and fine motorists.

Citing several complaints and allegations evidenced by fine receipts, Elegushi said the role cannot be an institutionalized enforcement but rather traffic movement assistant.

He added that only the Nigerian Police, The Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) are so empowered and urged Lagosians to also report any such illegal activities to the Ministry of Transportation.

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