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Trailer: accidents worry Lagos lawmakers

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The Lagos State Assembly House Transportation Committee has expressed concern about the spate of towing accidents in the metropolis.

The Committee Chair, Mr. Temitope Adewale, expressed concern in an interview with the Nigerian News Agency (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

Adewale, representing the Ifako-Ijaiye I Electoral District in the Lagos Assembly, said that parliament was considering moving containers with barges on waterways to Epe, Badagry and Ikorodu for trailers to pick up.

According to him, the development will save the state from the accidents that trucks and tankers are causing on the roads.

The legislator said, “It bothers us when we have truck and tanker accidents in the state, causing us to lose lives unnecessarily.

“Containers falling off trailers and killing innocent people cannot continue in the state. These things bother us and we need to work on them.

“One of the initiatives that the Chamber is proposing to the executive is to have a situation in which containers are transferred with barges to the three divisions of the state; Ikorodu, Epe and Badagry for water.

“So by investing in the waterways, the containers will be moved by barge from Apapa to Ikorodu, Badagry and Epe.

“We will not give access to heavy trucks to travel our roads, nor will we come to the metropolis when they can pick them up in these areas.”

Adewale pointed out that the government’s primary responsibility is the protection of lives and property.

He urged operators of articulated vehicles to make sure trucks are in good condition before putting them on the road.

“If the trucks are not in good shape, they should not be put on our roads. If trucks are nowhere safe to put on the road, operators should not put them on our roads.

“If trucks don’t have the proper documentation, vehicle inspection authorization, operators shouldn’t bother putting them on the road, because the state government will start cracking down on them.

“Truck drivers must have valid licenses. Vehicles must meet all the requirements to drive at night and during rain.

“The safety of the people is the government’s priority. It is very important to make it clear that anarchy within the state will not be tolerated, ”he said.

The legislator added that the Lagos State Driver Institute was also conducting scheduled interviews for truck, truck and tanker drivers within the state to reduce truck crashes and fatalities.

He called for an increase in the level of application of the regulations governing the operations of articulated vehicles in Lagos.

Recall that there has been an increase in the series of trailer accidents that claim lives and property in the state in recent times, the last incident was on Friday at Cele Bus Stop, on the Oshodi-Apapa highway.

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