Commissioner for transport bemoans the fact that riders don’t take traffic laws seriously

The Lagos State Government, on Wednesday announced that commercial motorcyclists and their passengers would henceforth be prosecuted for driving on expressway, bridges and other restricted routes.

Kayode Opeifa, the state Commissioner for Transportation, made this known during a stakeholder meeting with the transport unions and operators of the informal public transport in the state.

Opeifa lamented that commercial motorcycles were still plying restricted routes after Governor Babatunde Fashola have signed the new traffic law.

?Section 3 (6) of the law stipulates that where a rider is convicted for riding or driving on restricted routes, not wearing a standard protective crash helmet or carrying more than one passenger, carrying a pregnant woman, a child below the age of 12 years or an adult with a baby or heavy load on the head or acts which obstruct normal sitting on the motorcycle, the passenger shall also be liable to the same penalty,? the law state.

Opeifa urged motorcycle riders and passengers to comply voluntarily with the state law, adding that the state had embarked on ?massive enlightenment campaign? on the law and as such would not entertain any plead of ignorance..

The commissioner warned motorcycle and tricycle riders to withdraw from plying the restricted routes, saying those caught doing so would be sanctioned and also urged unregistered motorcycle associations to affiliate themselves with the two recognised one in the state.

Opeifa who said the law was made to reduce carnages on roads also pointed out that out of the 9,100 roads in the state, only 475 were restricted.

Some of the restricted routes for motorcycle and tricycle operations includes all the bridges, highways and dual carriage ways, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway; Apapa- Oshodi Expressway; Oworonshoki-Oshodi Expressway; Lagos- Ikorodu Expressway; Funsho Williams Avenue; Lagos-Abeokuta Expressway and Third Mainland Bridge, among others.

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