Truck drivers have yet to comply with the Lagos State government’s order, restricting movement of trailers and long vehicles on roads between 6am and 9pm.
Barely 24 hours after the government directed the drivers to fully comply with the directive, they were sighted in almost all parts of the state on Monday, plying roads during the forbidden hours.
Places, such as Oshodi, Apapa, Agege, Iyana Ipaja, Ojodu-Berger, are among the areas, plied by the drivers on Monday without sanction.
A resident of Oshodi, Lukman Idris, who spoke with the Punch, said the government needed to be proactive in enforcing the law.
He said, “These people (truck drivers) will never listen unless government actually go tough on them. They are reckless and daring. They don’t have values for human lives at all.”
The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu, had said on Sunday such movement contravened Section 2 (i) (ii) of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law and vowed that erring drivers would be summarily dealt with.
“The state government will henceforth go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contravened the law, as such vehicle will be impounded and made to pay the stipulated fine accordingly. The new directive will pay more emphasis on flawless flow of traffic, while traffic offenders will now be booked and expected to pay their fines within the stipulated period in line with the state government’s promise to Lagosians to make life easier for them,” he had said.
The directive was reinforced in the wake of three persons who were killed on September 2 after the container a truck plying Ojuelegba Bridge skidded off and landed on the moving car conveying the victims.
Prior to the incident, several instances of trailer accidents, which claimed lives and property, had been recorded in the state with their culprits going unpunished in some cases.