Lagos State: Sanity to reign in motor Parks and garages as govt sends off touts

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    A Lagos Motor park

    Lagos State government is to re-register all operating motor parks in the state while all unauthorised vehicles on the roads and illegal parks would no longer be allowed to operate in the state’s transport system.

    The hint was dropped on Friday during a joint press conference held in Lagos by Lagos state Ministries of Transportation, Justice and  Information .

    The Lagos State Government therefore ordered members of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW) to vacate motor parks across the state immediately or face harsh penalties.

    In the  joint press conference held  by the Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Ade Ipaye, Commissioner for Transport, Kayode Opeifa and the Commissioner for Information, Aderemi Ibirogba, the government also ordered that henceforth, all road transport workers’ union must  operate from their registered offices.

    The joint conference warned of severe punishment for nay obstruction to hinder operators of commercial transport in Lagos  state.

    The government also has banned all  collection of tolls on roads and highways by touts with immediate effect.

    Mr Opeifa told journalists that the ban was in accordance with the provisions of the new road traffic law.

    He said :“Henceforth, union activities are no longer allowed in all the garages in the state; what they need to do now is to operate the way other unions in the state operate.

    “They are meant to be in their offices; we recognise the right for them to associate but we believe that the motor parks should be made conducive to those who want to carry out their business of commuting in the state.

    “No union member should be seen collecting money from transporters; it is illegal and we won’t take this any longer,” he said.

    Mr Opeifa said the government would re-register motor parks in the state while unauthorised vehicles and illegal parks would not be allowed in the state’s transport system.

    Opeifa told journalists that the ban was in accordance with the provisions of the new road traffic law.

    “They are meant to be in their offices; we recognise the right for them to associate but we believe that the motor parks should be made conducive to those who want to carry out their business of commuting in the state.
    “No union member should be seen collecting money from transporters; it is illegal and we won’t take this any longer,” he said.
    “Henceforth, union activities are no longer allowed in all the garages in the state; what they need to do now is to operate the way other unions in the state operate.

    NURTWt

    “They are meant to be in their offices; we recognise the right for them to associate but we believe that the motor parks should be made conducive to those who want to carry out their business of commuting in the state.
    “No union member should be seen collecting money from transporters; it is illegal and we won’t take this any longer,” he said.