The Lagos State Government has said that private vehicles, irrespective of the state’s number-plate they carry are free to move on Lagos roads.
It however, explained that only vehicles operating as commercial public transport will have to obtain the state’s number- plate before being allowed to operate in and on Lagos roads.
Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa, gave the explanation while reacting to a recent report that vehicles with other states’ number-plates have been banned from plying Lagos roads.
He said that there had never been any time that the state government made such pronouncement adding that number plate is unified all over the federation.
Opeifa, said the measure to have commercial vehicles registered in the state is necessary to enable government have adequate information about such vehicles as well as to further ensure the safety and security of lives of the people in the state.
Regulation 41 sub section 1 of the Road Traffic Law stipulates that; “No person shall operate or cause to be operated a commercial vehicle without having obtained a commercial vehicle operator licence from the Lagos State Government.”
He added that every licence issued for shall bear a distinct number which shall be painted conspicuously on the front and rear part of the vehicle or in any other manner as may be prescribed by the Ministry of Transportation.
The commissioner said that for emphasis, the position of the state government is that any commercial vehicle used for public transportation purpose within Lagos must obtain a permit from the state government. In addition, the owner of such vehicle must have the vehicle registered in Lagos State.
According to Opeifa, Regulation 43 sub section 1 of the Law, said that a vehicle shall not be used or operated for commercial purposes unless the vehicle is registered as a commercial vehicle with the Lagos State Motor Vehicle Administration Agency, MVAA.