By Lukman Olabiyi
Lagos State Government has declared that major and Independent Petroleum Marketers whose filling stations were situated on major highways and areas susceptible to traffic will henceforth be allowed to operate only between the hours of 9am to 4pm daily, pending when the fuel shortage crisis subsides.
This was disclosed in a statement issued by the state Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde on Thursday.
The commissioner stated the measure was in view of the lingering fuel scarcity across the country, which has continued to affect the free flow of traffic in the state.
He noted that the move becomes imperative in order to check indiscriminate activities of motorists queuing up to buy petroleum products who oftentimes, park carelessly on the roads and bridges, therefore impeding free flow of traffic.
Adding that the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), Transport Operations Compliance Unit (TOCU) and other Law Enforcement Agencies have been charged to ensure seamless flow of traffic across the State, while admonishing all major and Independent Petroleum Marketers to comply with this directive or be sanctioned.