the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has warned ‘LagosRide’ taxi operators and drivers across the state to obey the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Act 2018.
LASTMA General Manager, Bolaji Oreagba, said so on Sunday in a statement through the Authority’s Director of Public Affairs, Adebayo Toafiq, in Lagos.
The statement says that Mr. Oreagba made the warning when the senior management of Ibile Holdings Limited (owners of ‘LagosRide’ Taxi) led by its Chief Executive Officer, Abiodun Amokomowo, paid a working visit to the LASTMA headquarters in Oshodi, Lagos. during the weekend.
Oreagba said the warning became very imperative to rein in the excesses of operators and drivers who generally did not consider the safety of other road users and their tendency to ignore traffic laws while on the road.
“Let me state here clearly that the impunity of these ‘LagosRide’ taxi drivers driving in BRT corridors/obstructions on major highways is becoming alarming and as a responsible and responsive government agency.
“We will no longer tolerate their recklessness, as we will continue to apply the full weight of the Law to motorists who violate any section of the Traffic Laws.”
However, the General Manager praised Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and Ibile Holdings Ltd. for the wonderful initiative of creating jobs for the unemployed in our society.
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Executive Director of Ibile Holdings Ltd., Abiodun Amokomowo, said that the company was an investment company of the Lagos State Government created to stimulate its economic growth by supporting trade and viable and strategic industries that were crucial for the socio-economic development of Lagos. the state.
Mr. Amokomowo stated that as a way to ensure the safety of riders and passengers, each ‘LagosRide’ taxi was fitted with a full security device including a 360° dash camera that would provide 24-hour automatic visual feedback to the control center in case of any emergency.
According to him, each driver of the ‘LagosRide’ taxi undergoes a complete verification exercise that includes identity cards and medical records from the Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI).
Mr. Amokomowo, the check also included checking Lagos resident registration numbers and NINs and other background checks before being considered for the ‘Lease-To-Own’ taxi scheme.
However, he commended the LASTMA management and all the field officers for the wonderful job they were doing to ensure proper traffic management and control on the Lagos roads.