The Lagos State Traffic Authority has warned commercial drivers against using unpainted vehicles for transportation in the state.
In a statement, agency spokesman Taofiq Adebayo said: “Given the need to comply with the laws and regulations that guide the operations of all commercial vehicle operators, the state government is again warning all in-state commercial bus operators to ensure their vehicles are painted with black stripes. red or yellow or seized by the government.
Adebayo said: “LASTMA general manager Bolaji Oreagba issued a warning over the weekend at Oshodi that the agency will begin a statewide enforcement action on all unpainted commercial vehicles starting Monday, November 7, 2022. .
“Mr. Oreagba further revealed that the warning is to ensure that commercial bus operators, especially those operating within the state, comply with the existing laws of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Act 2018 to restore health on the road and protect lives and Property Lagosian.
“He stressed that all minibuses called ‘Danfo’, including ‘Korope’, should be painted yellow with black stripes, while public transport buses with two doors should be painted by operators approved of red.
“Oreagba also noted that all buses with approved colours that are permitted to travel on and around Victoria Island must be registered through the various offices that have been established.
“Therefore, the General Manager urges all commercial bus operators to comply with the warning for their own benefit, adding that Lagos State Transport Authority officials have been directed to seize any commercial bus that is not painted the approved Lagos State Red Red or yellow with black stripes, and any impounded vehicles will not be released until the necessary completion of the law.”
Oreagba, cited in the statement, also said that all commercial buses must be officially registered on a commercial license plate and a Hackney permit issued by the relevant authorities in Lagos.
He said all approved regional shuttle buses must henceforth limit their operations to their approved coverage as anyone outside their jurisdiction will be impounded and charged in court accordingly.
The General Manager also recommends that all in-state commercial bus operators stop violating traffic rules such as illegal parking, loading and unloading passengers at unapproved bus stops, driving without seat belts, driving on curb/middle/sidewalks, BRT corridors, wrong-way traffic Driving, illegal U-turns, obstacles, etc.