Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, has impounded 20 commercial vehicles at Apongbon Bridge and Ikorodu Roundabouts in the state, over the weekend.
The exercise, which was carried out by its Enforcement Unit, was in a bid to ensure free flow of traffic and a total clampdown on commercial buses operating illegal garages/parks on bridges and roundabouts across the State.
This was contained in a statement by the agency’s Director of Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq, on Sunday.
While speaking on the enforcement exercise, the General Manager of the Authority, Mr. Bolaji Oreagba, said the illegal activities of the owners of the commercial buses/cars on bridges and roundabouts across the state contravene the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018.
He stated further that it was nauseating seeing these commercial bus drivers constituting public nuisances by operating illegally on Bridges and Roundabouts thereby causing avoidable traffic gridlock and inconveniencing other motorists and road users.
Mr. Oreagba revealed that the Enforcement Unit of the Authority had to embark on the exercise at Apongbon Bridge and Ikorodu Roundabouts after the recalcitrant drivers who do not want to operate within government-designated garages and parks across the State failed to comply with several warnings issued to them.
He noted that the Authority would not rest on his oars on curbing illegal activities of the unruly commercial buses/cars operators as the present administration is expending huge resources on constructing standard Bus Terminals in every part of the State.
“We would continue to ensure free flow of traffic movement around bridges and Roundabouts across the State by scaling up our enforcement and clampdown operations on these stubborn commercial buses operating illegal parks, garages and car mart in the State”, Oreagba declared.
ThenewsGuru.com reports that LASTMA is a Lagos State-owned agency under the Ministry of Transportation.
The agency was established on the 15th of July, 2000 to transform the state transportation system to ensure free flow of traffic in the state and also reduce road accidents.