Lagos State wants rickety vehicles off its roads

THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Following agreements reached at a stakeholder’s meeting with owners of trucks and articulated vehicles in Lagos, the government of Lagos State has issued a six weeks ultimatum to truck/articulated vehicle owners to put their vehicles in good condition and obtain necessary documents or have them impounded, recent report says.

Engr. Akin George Fashola, the director of the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) who chaired the meeting pointed out that the sensitisation became necessary in view of the frequent traffic jam resulting from the frequent breaking down of rickety trucks and articulated vehicles that ply Lagos roads daily and the danger they constitute to citizens’ safety.

He explained that the meeting was aimed at bringing different players together to educate them on government policy relating to the movement of dry and wet cargo within the state, as well as intimating them on regulations guiding road carriage by articulate trucks in Lagos.

A decision was made that all articulated vehicles that develop mechanical problems should not be allowed to load or leave their loading points. Also, there should be continuous training and retraining of drivers.

A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the state government and truck owners to ensure safety and free vehicular movement on Lagos roads.

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