"Obey Traffic Laws On Unrestricted Routes" - Opeifa

"Obey Traffic Laws On Unrestricted Routes" - Opeifa
Lagos State Government has urged motorcycle operators popularly known as Okada riders, operating in the state to obey the road traffic law on all unrestricted routes.

He said it was important for okada riders to obey the traffic law in order to further ensure the safety and security of the people.

Opeifa lamented the flagrant disobedience of the traffic law by some motorcycle operators in spite of public enlightenment and advocacy by the government.

He said government had educated motorcycle associations on the provision of the law and the need for voluntary compliance, wondering why some operators still plied restricted and unrestricted routes with impunity.

Opeifa said, “Let me remind motorcycle operators that Section 3 sub-sections 3 and 4 stipulate that no person shall operate a motorcycle either as a rider or a passenger without wearing a standard protective crash helmet.

“Also, no motorcycle operator shall carry more than one passenger at a time or a pregnant woman, a child below the age of 12 or an adult with a baby on her back.”

He warned operators who ply unrestricted routes without the proper registration of their motorcycles to desist from such unlawful act as both rider and passenger would be made to face the law.

Opeifa appealed to the police, the military and other law enforcement agencies to carry out their duties diligently while enforcing the traffic law, adding that Lagosians relied on them for their safety, security and enforcement of the law.

He advised anyone who felt aggrieved to contact the MOT or the state Ministry of Justice (Office of the Public Defender), saying that such a complainant could also send an e-mail to transportinfo@lagosstate.gov.ng or opdlagos@yahoo.com

Governor Babatunde Fashola had on August 2, 2012, signed the state traffic law.The law restricts motorcycle operations on 475 roads, bridges and highways.

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