It has become an offence for rickety yellow buses known locally as Molue to ply Lagos Island axis of the state.
Making this known today, the government said it would no longer allow the 911 buses from plying routes on Lagos Island.
General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, LASTMA, Mr. Babatunde Edu, disclosed this at a stakeholder’s meeting with the Branch Chairmen of the Lagos Urban Bus Owners Association of Nigeria,LUBON,
Edu said the new directive had become effective since August 19, urging operators to comply.
He said no Molue bus should cross any link bridge into the Island, such as Third Mainland, Eko and Carter Bridges, as they could no longer operate in the Central Business District, CBD.
The General Manager, explained that the decision was taken due to government determination to ensure adequate monitoring of the operations of commercial vehicles and compliance with traffic rules and regulations
According to him, “though the Lagos State Government was supposed to have commenced enforcement last month, but being a responsive and responsible government which believes in enlightenment before enforcement, we therefore decided to shift the enforcement to 4th of this month,” he said.
Edu said LASTMA had been mandated to ensure strict directive and compliance and impound any such vehicles after 4 September, 2013 that was found to have flouted the directive.
He said Molue buses could however perform their operations in any other parts of the state aside the restricted areas.
He emphasised that government had not banned the operations of Molue in the State, but rather it had restricted their operations to areas like Orile, Iyana-Ipaja, Mile 2, Mile 12 among others and urged operators to voluntarily comply with the new directive.
Other prohibited routes listed for the operators include Iddo, Ebute Ero, Apongbon, Obalende, Idumota, CMS, among others, Edu appealed for the cooperation and support of all the stakeholders.
Responding, the leader of the team, Mr. Taofeek Adesina commended the government for its effort to restore sanity and order in the State and therefore pledged the readiness of his union to support the new cause.