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Lagos Impounds 40 Vehicles Over Alleged Illegal Motor Parks, Obstructions (Photos)

Posted by Samuel on Fri 21st Jun, 2024 - tori.ng

According to Taofiq, the operation specifically targeted illegal garages that have been a persistent source of congestion and inconvenience for residents and commuters.

Illegal Motor Parks

According to the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), its officers have seized 25 commercial and 15 private vehicles for reportedly running illegal parks and causing significant road obstructions in the Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota areas.

The Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department of LASTMA, Adebayo Taofiq, who made this known in a statement issued on Friday, said the operation was led by LASTMA Head of Enforcement Mr. Kayode Odunuga, under the directives of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa.

According to Taofiq, the operation specifically targeted illegal garages that have been a persistent source of congestion and inconvenience for residents and commuters.

Taofiq said that Giwa confirmed that the impoundment exercise, which began recently, is part of a broader initiative by Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s administration to enhance the efficiency of the city's transportation network.

According to the LASTMA spokesperson, Giwa emphasised that the government was committed to maintaining law and order on the roads and ensuring that all traffic regulations are strictly enforced.

The governor’s aide said "illegal garages have been a significant challenge in our quest to maintain a seamless traffic flow in Lagos”.

He said, “These impoundments send a strong message to all offenders that the state will not tolerate activities that disrupt public order and endanger the lives of our citizens.

"Our goal is to create a safe and orderly environment for all road users and this action is a crucial step in that direction."

Taofiq noted in the statement that the targeted areas - Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota - are known hotspots for traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking and the establishment of makeshift garages.

“These activities not only obstruct the free movement of vehicles but also pose safety risks to pedestrians. LASTMA's intervention aims to clear these bottlenecks and enhance the overall traffic situation in these critical areas.

“Residents and business owners have expressed their support for the government's action, noting the positive impact it will have on their daily activities.

“LASTMA has also assured the public that the operation will be sustained and extended to other parts of the city where illegal garages and related activities are prevalent.

“Hon. Giwa urged all vehicle owners and operators to adhere to the state's traffic regulations and cooperate with authorities to avoid sanctions. He reiterated that the government's primary objective is to create a better and more livable Lagos for everyone.

“He also urged motorists to take ownership of the roads and to promptly inform LASTMA of any broken down or abandoned trailers or trucks via the Agency's hotlines: 08100565860 / 08129928503,”
Taofiq added.



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