The Lagos state government has prohibited heavy duty vehicles, such as trailers and trucks, from moving between 6am and 9pm, in the state.
The state government took the decision in order to check the rising incidence of falling trailers .
Last week, a cement-laden container fell off a trailer on Ojuelegba, killing three persons in a Sport Utility Vehicle.
Ministry of Transportation Permanent Secretary, Mr Oluseyi Whenu told reporters on Saturday that the trailer contravened Section 2 (i) and 2 (ii) of the Traffic Law.
Government, he said, would, henceforth, go tough on any trailer or long vehicle that contravened the law, adding that the vehicle will be impounded and the owner fined.
Also at the weekend, transport unions’ leaders rose from a meeting with government officials, pledging to support the fresh measures for controlling traffic.
At the meeting, Whenu clarified the government’s position on its traffic management outfit (LASTMA), saying LASTMA officials have not been stopped from performing their statutory responsibilities on the road.
Under the new regime, LASTMA, he said, would pay attention on flawless flow of traffic, adding that offenders will be booked and expected to pay their fines within the stipulated period in line with the government’s covenant with Lagosians to make life easier for them.
Whenu sought transport operators’ corporation in ensuring the initiative’s success, warning them not to see it as a sign of weakness by attacking LASTMA or any other enforcement agent.
He said: “The government has also directed that all commercial passenger vehicles should obey all traffic rules and regulations by stopping only at designated bus-stops, close bus doors while in motion among other provisions of the law”.
Responding, Chairman of Road Transport Employers Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) Alhaji Musa Muhammed, who spoke on behalf of other union leaders, pledged their support the government in ensuring sanity on the road.
In attendance were Prince Tajudeen Adetoro, Chairman of Taxi Cab Operators and Alhaji Musiliu Akinsanya, Treasurer, National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), among others.