More than 100 vehicles have been reportedly impounded by LASTMA (Lagos State Traffic Management Authority) since the ease of lockdown began in Lagos a few days ago. Reports claim that these vehicles were impounded for disobeying the social distancing order stated in the newly issued transport operational guidelines.
LASTMA has impounded 100 vehicles plus in Lagos for violating social distancing order as lockdown eases
Following the federal government’s ease of lockdown order in Lagos on 4th of May 2020, many transporters and motorists have been violating the new transport guidelines that are meant to curtail the spread of COVID-19 in the state. This abuse of freedom has reportedly caused the impoundment of more than 100 vehicles by LASTMA as at the time of writing this report.
In a recent comment by Mr Olajide Oduyoye, the General Manager of LASTMA in Lagos state; he blamed the management of transport unions for the inadequate sensitization of commercial drivers in the state. He mentioned that managers of bus parks and transport unions aren’t passing the proper message to commercial drivers that the government has now mandated two passengers per row in buses.
Mr Oduyoye stated that LASTMA officers educated and corrected over 200 drivers about the new Lagos transport guidelines on Monday 4th of May 2020 alone. He also mentioned that the agency realized in these few days that Lagosians were more interested in reaching their respective destinations than being health conscious at this crucial time. Mr Oduyoye also mentioned that owners of private cars were also violating the social distancing order by carrying 3 passengers in the spirit of helping colleagues thereby leading to more arrest being made by LASTMA officers in just these few days of lockdown relaxation.
In a recent related report, Large trucks illegally transporting passengers into Kaduna state got intercepted and turned back at Kano state border due to the current ban on interstate travel amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.
The federal and state governments need to put more effort into educating commercial transporters and drivers in Nigeria about the health significance of all the new transport restrictions being enforced during this pandemic.
Speaking of pressing issues caused by COVID-19 pandemic, we recommend you read our recent article that briefly discussed how Coronavirus is affecting the Automobile companies around the world.
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