TO FINE UN-CERTIFIED DRIVERS N250,000
Lagos state government said today that it has banned Tri-cycle popularly called Keke Napep from plying major roads in the state, stressing that their operations constitute nuisance on Lagos roads. Commissioner for transportation, Mr.
Kayode Opeifa who made the revelation in Lagos said commercial motorcycles and Tri-cycles were not part of the state transportation model.
Opeifa said that the state government had held several meetings with the unions on the development, adding “they have agreed to stay away from these roads.”He listed the roads where tri-cycles operation was outlawed to include , the entire Victoria Island, Government Residential Area, GRA Ikeja and Ikoyi. Also on Awolowo road and Awolowo way, Alausa and entire major roads in Surulere Local Government.
Opeifa warned that tri-cycling isn’t a replacement for motorcycle popularly called Okada in the state, adding “it isn’t a sustainable means of transport for the state especially Lagos that is a megacity. “I learnt that some Okada riders have began to sell their motorcycle to by tricycle but they can no longer operate on these major roads again.”
He explained that section 3 of the 2012 Lagos road traffic law also outlawed the operation of the tri-cycle in the state.
“After that law was gazetted, the state government allowed tri-cycle to operate on some of these roads because vehicles available in those roads weren’t enough to convey the passengers plying the road,” he said. Opeifa said the state has enough Bus Rapid Transport, BRT and LAGBUS buses, taxis and others are now available on these roads and the tricycle wouldn’t be needed.
He also said the state would soon star arresting professional drivers employed either by corporate organisation or private individual who have not attended the Lagos State Drivers institute adding that offenders will be made to cough out fine as much as N250,000.