Governor Babatunde Fashola
By Gboyega Akinsanmi
Lagos State government has warned commercial motorcycle operators plying all unrestricted routes across the state against incessant breach of the road traffic law, which came into force on August 2, 2012.
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa, issued the warning at a briefing in Alausa , Ikeja , noting that it was highly important for the operators to obey the traffic law to ensure public safety and security on the road.
Opeifa decried violation of the traffic law among motorcycle operators despite stakeholders’ engagements and public enlightenment which the state government undertook to educate motorcycle associations and their members on the provisions of the traffic law.
He also advocated the need for voluntary compliance while expressing gross dissatisfaction that a good number of the motorcycle operators still ply restricted and unrestricted routes with impunity.
He referred to section 3, which stipulates that no person shall operate a motorcycle either as a rider or a passenger without wearing a standard protective crash helmet and no motorcycle operator shall carry more than one passenger at a time or a pregnant woman, a child below the age of 12 years or an adult with a baby on her back.
He warned motorcycle operators who ply unrestricted routes without the proper registration of the motorcycles to desist from such unlawful act as both rider and passenger would be made to face the law.
Opeifa therefore urged to offers of the Nigeria Police, Nigerian Armed Forces (NAF) and other law enforcement agents to carry out their duties diligently while enforcing the road traffic law, adding that Lagos residents rely on them for their safety, security and enforcement of the traffic law.
He tasked anyone who feels aggrieved to contact the ministry of transportation though text messages using the following phone contacts: 08174616936, 08075005411 or the Office of the Public Defender (OPD) through 07080601080 toll free, 018975571.
He said such complainants may also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Governor Babatunde Fashola signed the traffic law on August 2, 2012 and the Law restricted motorcycle operations on 475 roads including bridges and highways out of 9100 roads in the state.