LASTMA GM, Bolaji Oreagba

LASTMA reads Riot Act to LagosRide drivers

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The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has warned drivers of the LagosRide taxi to obey the state Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018 while driving in the state.

The agency’s spokesperson, Taofiq Adebayo, in a statement on Sunday, said the General Manager, LASTMA, Bolaji Oreagba, made the statement during a meeting with top management of the Ibile Holdings Limited, owners of LagosRide Taxi, led by its Chief Executive Officer, Abiodun Amokomowo.

Adebayo noted that Oreagba said the warning was to check the excesses of operators/drivers who do not usually consider the safety of other road users and their penchant for disregarding traffic law while on the road.

“Let me state here clearly that the impunity of drivers of these LagosRide Taxi driving on the BRT corridors/obstructions on major roads is becoming alarming and as a responsible and responsive agency of government, we will no longer condone their recklessness as we shall continue to apply the full weight of the law on motorists found contravening any sections of the traffic laws,” the statement read.

In his address, Amokomowo said the company is an investment company of the Lagos State Government and was created to spur its economic growth by supporting commerce, viable and strategic industries crucial to the socio-economic development of the state.

He added that as a way of ensuring the safety of riders and passengers, each ‘LagosRide’ taxi would be installed with a full security gadget, including a 360 dashboard camera that would give 24-hour auto visual feeds to the control centre in case of any emergency.

Amokomowo maintained that each driver underwent a full verification exercise which included Lagos State Drivers’ Institute I.D Cards, medical history, verification of NIN and Lagos resident registration numbers, and other background checks before being considered for the ‘Lease-To-Own’ taxi scheme.

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