he Lagos State Government, on Thursday, issued commercial motorcycle and tricycle operators a 21-day ultimatum to vacate all restricted routes.
Secretary to the State Government, Tunji Bello, issued the order after a consultative meeting with the leadership of associations of both the motorcycle and tricycles in Lagos.
At the meeting, the State Government frowned at the recalcitrant attitude of the operators who flout traffic laws and operational guidelines with impunity.
He stressed that it was because the State Government realised their value and contributions to the economy that it banned them from operating on 475 roads out of 9100, warning them not to test the might of the state government.Bello noted that the Lagos State Government cannot allow a return to the recent past before the enforcement of the 2012 Road Traffic Law when crime rate and road accidents caused by unruly motorcycle riders were prevalent.
Bello further said that the Akinwunmi Ambode administration, being a listening and compassionate one has directed that a massive public enlightenment precedes full enforcement of the restriction order to sensitize the operators and Lagos residents on the need to conform with the Road Traffic Law.
Responding, the leadership of the motorcycle and tricycles operators thanked the State Government for taking them into confidence and promised to pass the message to members before the deadlines.
Guidelines for motorcycle and tricycle operations in Lagos State are contained in Section 3 and Regulation 16 Sub-Section 4, 5 and 6 of the Road Traffic Law which restricted commercial motorcycles on 475 roads out of the 9100 roads.
The law also makes it mandatory for operators of commercial motorcycles to wear standard crash helmet with full protection for both rider and passenger, the carrying of only one passenger, non-carriage of children and pregnant women, non-operation of Okada beyond 8.00pm in Victoria Island, Ikoyi and Ikeja and 10.00pm in other areas of the State, no riding on the kerb, median or road setbacks or in a direction prohibited by law.