By Christopher Oji, Lagos
The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Task Force) over the weekend impounded 100 commercial motorcycles for breach of traffic laws.
A statement by the Head, Public Affairs Unit, the Lagos State Task Force, Mr Adebayo Taofiq, said that In continuation of government efforts in ensuring sanity on Lagos roads and to get rid of defiant motorcyclists on restricted routes across the State, the operatives of the agency impounded the motorcycles.
He said: ‘The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Shola Jejeloye, who led the enforcement exercise disclosed that the commercial motorcycles were impounded around Navy Town at Alakija, 2nd Rainbow and Festac Town.
‘He maintained that the enforcement operation was carried out to halt the abuse of traffic laws by motorcycle operators.
‘According to the chairman: “The discouraging high statistic of motorcycle accidents and the compelling need to enhance safety on Lagos roads led to the promulgation of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reformed Law 2018.”
‘CSP Jejeloye said apart from criminals using the motorcycles as a means to escape after criminal activities, the influx into the State of illegal motorcyclists without any traceable addresses and valid means of identifications remain a huge Security and Safety threat to residents.
‘In accordance with the Law, every motorcycle operators must wear crash helmets, be above 18 years, not ride on kerb/median/road-setbacks, avoid restricted routes, not carry more than one passenger/pregnant woman/adult with baby/child below 12 years, not install any musical gadgets, must wear an apron, not operate beyond 10 pm, operate with a rider’s permit and have their motorcycle registered with the government.
‘While warning the general public, especially motorists to ensure that their valuable items are safely kept while in traffic, the Chairman solicited for the cooperation of all residents in providing useful security information about criminal activities around them to security agencies through the Lagos State free Emergency Toll Lines 112 or 767.’