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Accidents: Lagos Moves To Restrict Articulated Vehicles to Night Operations

(AFRICAN EXAMINER) – The Lagos State Government says plans are set to start implementing the restriction of  trucks and long vehicles to night operations on certain routes.

The state said that the decision was as a result of traffic menace and fatalities caused by articulated vehicles on roads in the state.

The Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, made the disclosure at a Stakeholders Meeting on Implementation of Trucks and Long Vehicles Restriction to Night Time Operations and Dedicated Routes in the state.

The meeting was  organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation.

According to Oladeinde,  the development is part of Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s continuous efforts to curb consistent road crashes attributed to  activities/operations of trucks/trailers on roads.

“This is in line with the state government’s THEMES Agenda especially as it relates to Traffic Management and Transportation and the ease of doing business in the state.

“Restrictions of containerised trailers and trucks on our roads will now be from 9:00pm to 6:00am.

“Containerised trailers are not allowed to travel during the day, it has to be at night time between 9pm and 6am. They have to abide by this timing in accordance with the Transportation Law, 2018,” he said.

He said that the high percentage of road crashes involving articulated vehicles was  caused by human errors, saying all defaulting trucks/trailers would be sanctioned.

According to him, the state will collaborate with law enforcement agencies, Department of Petroleum Resources and other critical stakeholders in implementing some of these strategies in a month’s time.

He said the state government would also collaborate on provision of security for day and night operations, state government infrastructure development in terms of road, truck parks, road signage,  road call-up systems and others.

Oladeinde said the government had defined dedicated industrial and boundary  routes for trucks and trailers.

“There will be routes where trailers will be restricted. Trailers can no longer travel across the whole of Lagos, we will make sure that we provide the essential infrastructure.

“We must keep our roads safe.

“The number of trailers that fell on our roads  is very alarming. It is important that we protect the people of Lagos state and it is important that we protect their property,” he said.

He said the state would also enforce the maximum number of 45, 000 liters expected for tankers to lift from tank farms.

“We have experienced a lot of tankers carrying  90, 000 litres  and had to break down on the road.

“Any tanker that carries more than 45, 000 liters will be confiscated. We will also ensure sanctions on defaulters,” Oladeinde said.

The commissioner, who called for support from stakeholders, said the meeting was to arrive at a mutually agreed position on seamless implementation of the strategy.(NAN)

“I urge us as stakeholders, on whose shoulder the responsibility of driving the implementation of  these strategies lies, to work hard and support the state government for a successful implementation.

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