The Lagos State government has issued a 7-day “Vacation Order” to motorists and commercial bus drivers operating on top of bridges across the state. This ultimatum comes as a response to the need to remove ongoing infractions that have been causing traffic obstructions on these bridges, negatively impacting traffic flow and the integrity of the bridges.
The Special Adviser to the Lagos State Governor on Transportation, Hon. Sola Giwa, revealed that despite previous warnings and advisories, many motorists and commercial bus drivers have continued to defy government orders and use bridges for parking and loading, contributing to traffic congestion.
The administration is focused on constructing standard bus terminals and garages across the state to accommodate commercial activities and address traffic congestion problems. However, the non-compliance of certain motorists and bus drivers with the rules regarding bridge usage has necessitated this action.
The bridges mentioned in the Vacation Order include ‘Apongbon’ and ‘Idumota’ (Carter) Bridges, ‘Elegbata,’ ‘Ebute-Ero,’ and ‘Ejalonibu.’ The Special Adviser has emphasized that it is imperative for motorists and commercial bus drivers to vacate these areas immediately, in compliance with the order. The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) will begin strict enforcement operations on the expiration of the 7-day ultimatum to ensure zero tolerance for unauthorized use of bridges across the state.
The activities of these motorists and commercial bus drivers on bridges are in violation of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, as amended. After the ultimatum, any vehicles found contravening this order will be charged to the Lagos State Mobile Court for prosecution.
The “Vacation Order” was issued with immediate effect from October 16, 2023, and the government is determined to enforce it rigorously to maintain traffic discipline and ensure the efficient use of infrastructure in the state.