Lagos State Government has reiterated its policy on restriction of commercial motorcycle and tricycle operations on major highways and bridges, as it commences installation of 2,000 prohibition signs across the state.
The government said the exercise was a renewed effort towards creating awareness on the state traffic laws on restricted areas for the operation of motorcycles, known as ‘Okada’ and tricycles, generally called ‘Keke Marwa’
Frederic Oladeinde, Commissioner for Transportation, disclosed that a number of road signs in the state indicate restricted areas, warning that anyone that violates the law after this effort would be punished in accordance with the law.
Oladeinde explained that the road signs have been mounted on major highways, including the Third Mainland Bridge, Agege Motor Road, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos-Badagry Expressway and Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, to create awareness on restricted routes for motorcycles and tricycles, as prescribed by the government.
“We have successfully placed road signs on the Third Mainland Bridge, Agege Motor Road, Apapa-Oshodi Expressway, Lagos-Badagry Expressway, Lagos-Ibadan Expressway and other places to indicate areas that motorcyclists and tricycles are restricted and we urge that they comply for the safety of their lives and members of the public as we will apply the law on any erring Okada rider that violates our law,” the Commissioner warned.
- He explained further that motorcycle and tricycle operations remained restricted on highways and bridges in all the Local Government areas, including Apapa, Ikeja, Ikoyi, Surulere, Eti-Osa and Lagos Island, adding that same would be done in other areas, in order to ensure that road safety culture was engraved in the consciousness of road users across the state.
Oladeinde, however, urged Lagosians to support the state government’s initiatives to tackle traffic gridlock in the metropolis, as it will provide faster results in decongesting the highways.