'Lagos State Traffic Law 2012 needs to be reviewed', says Branch chairman

The All Nigerian Auto Bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association is demanding for a review of the Lagos State Traffic Law 2012.

Lagos State Traffic Law 2012

The All Nigerian Auto Bike Commercial Owners and Workers Association (ANACOWA) is demanding for a review of the Lagos State Traffic Law 2012.

According to the Branch Chairman, Mr Yusuf Oladimeji, the traffic law needs to be reviewed because of the many taxes imposed on the association.

“In Lagos State that law is without clauses to explore the difficult aspect, Okada should not do this, but, that but is not there. Ok, Okada should ply so (and) so road but can cross is not there for instance, we have about 14 metres of that road we should not ply but other side of the road, we don’t have access. And yet Lagos State Government is taking the normal revenue it is supposed to generate from Okada.

If I go for my hackney permit, road worthiness, it is still the same, then local government are taking fifty, fifty naira from Okada. Initially this fifty naira would take us to like from Ifako Ijaye now to Ojokoro, we still work there, we would not cut ticket at Ojokoro. So this traffic law has deprived us from getting access to the other side.

Even in Ifako Ijaye here, we cannot cross to Ogba (and) it’s part of Ifako Ijaye, yet we are still paying that same amount to local government (council). We are paying N50 to local government (council) everyday which is against the constitution of Nigeria, first schedule (stating) that no local government has authority to do that. Okada is a conglomerate; if government wants to have real success in the enforcement of the traffic law, they should partner with genuine Okada leaders.’’

This comes less than a month after the Federal Road Safety Commission(FRSC)partnered with other agencies to enforce restriction laws on “Okadas’’.

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