THE NEWSGHOST, NIGERIA – Lagos State Government has recently embarked on the seizure of courier and logistics motorcycles operating within the state without meeting necessary requirements.
This move met a public outcry and remarks on social media describing the action of the government as ‘illegal seizure’ of dispatch motorcycles. But the government has responded in defense, claiming its actions were an effort to enforce certain aspects of the Lagos State Traffic Law (2012) and Transport Sector Reform Law (2018).
The Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde made this clarification on Tuesday, May 12, in Alausa, Ikeja, explaining that the enforcement/regulation of courier/logistics operations was in line with the Nigeria Postal Service Act 1992, Regulation 16 (3) of Traffic Law, 2012, Section 46 of the Transport Sector Reforms Law (TSRL 2018) as well as the subsisting Government Restriction Order on Motorcycles and Tricycles in Six Local Governments and Nine Local Council Development Areas, 11 Highways and 41 Bridges in Lagos.
He emphasised that following the restriction order, the government noticed a sudden spike in the number of courier/logistics operators in the state, especially after the lockdown, after which investigations carried out by the ministry revealed that many commercial motorcycles had been converted to courier services without the proper documentation and registration with the appropriate authority.
The laws and the restriction order which exempted the operations of mail distribution and courier services with the written permission of the ministry as stated in Schedule 1, Section 326, Sub-section 15 (3), also stipulated that ‘every operator must have the required operational documents from NIPOST and register in line with the TSRL, 2018’, the commissioner added.
Oladeinde also highlighted the fact that the ministry had, on several occasions, met with the National Association of Courier Operators and NIPOST on the need to regularise their operational documents in total compliance with the rules and regulations guiding the operations of courier/logistics services in the state, with March 2020 fixed as the deadline for full compliance.
But most courier operators failed to regularise their operational documents by the agreed deadline date, he noted.
The commissioner maintained that the state government would not condone flagrant defiance of its laws and any act that is capable of undermining the on-going reforms in the transport sector.