A total of 100 motorcycles have been impounded by The Lagos State Task Force on the Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit; for using restricted routes.
According to reports, the motorcycle riders were said to have ignored multiple warnings by Lagos State Government; plying Navy Town, 2nd Rainbow and Festac Town axis of the South-Western State.
Shola Jejeloye – the Chairman of the agency – highlighted the disregard of Lagos State traffic laws as a reason for the impoundment. He also added that the increased rate of illegal motorcyclists and poor means of identification was a source of worry to the State.
“The discouraging high statistics 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.
“Apart from criminals using these motorcycles as a means to escape after criminal activities, the influx into the state of these illegal motorcyclists without any traceable address and valid means of identification remains 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 women, an adult with baby or child below 12 years; not install any musical gadgets; must wear an apron; not operate beyond 10pm; operate with a rider’s permit and have their motorcycles registered with the government.” He stated.
Mr. Jejeloye encouraged Lagosians to use its toll free lines– 767 and 112, to report criminal and illegal activities in the State; adding that it will be very helpful in enhancing safety.