By Adedapo Adesanya
Effective from February 1, commercial tricycles, motorcycles, including the popular bike-haling companies like Gokada and others, will no longer be allowed to ply roads in some local government areas of Lagos State, the government has declared.
The ban, which was announced by Mr Jubril Gawat, the Senior Special Assistant (SSA) to the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on New Media, said will cover six of the 20 LGAS in the metropolis; Apapa, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Eti Osa, Lagos Island, and Ikeja.
In a post shared via his Twitter feed attached to a video, the SSA stated that, “For People asking: “What of OPay, Gokada and the rest, are they part of this?
“Lagos State Govt says YES. All forms of Commercial Motorcycles are included.”
The video showed the State Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr Gbenga Omotoso, explaining motives for the decision.
“After consultations with the stakeholders, the state security council, in compliance with the extant transport sector reform laws 2018 has decided to commence enforcement of the law which bans motorcycles and tricycles in the following Local Government and Local Council Development Areas.
“Apapa, Apapa-Iganmu, Yaba, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Itire-Ikate, Coker-Aguda, Ikeja, Onigbongbo, Ojodu, Eti-Osa, Ikoyi-Obalende, Lagos Island, Lagos Island LCDA.
“The full enforcement begins on February 1, 2020,” he said.
Speaking on possible alternatives, Mr Gawat disclosed that the Lagos State government has made arrangements for buses to convey passengers in the affected areas.
This is not the first time motorcycles would be banned from operating in the state. One of those likely to be most affected by this new development are the bike-hailing service providers, who are just finding their feet in the business.
Recall that last year, after being disturbed by various transport unions in the state, including the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), they entered into an agreement, which stipulated that each rider will pay N500 daily, with NURTW taking N200, the Road Transport Employers’ Association of Nigeria (RTEAN) collecting another N200, and the local governments getting the remaining N100.
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