The Lagos State Government in its determination to transform the public transport industry, enhance professionalism, ensures standard and safety of the people has organized a stakeholders forum on Lagos State Public Transport Management System and the New State Taxi Policy.
The state Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, during his presentation at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja said with the new public transport management system, the Lagos State Government would re-introduce the routing system in order to ensure even distribution of vehicles and non-inflation of transport fares especially during peak period amongst others.
He said the routing system is in line with Regulation 20 of the Road Traffic Law with stipulates that “no commercial vehicle shall stand or ply for hire on any route other than that for which it is authorized or as prescribed by the ministry in respect of the vehicle”.
Opeifa stated that aside for the routing system, the commuter vehicle operator is expected to register himself, the driver and conductor after which a commercial vehicle operator license which could be individual or corporate based on the documentation of the owner will be issued.
He said that at the expiration of the registration, any commercial vehicle operator that does not have a license will not be able to operate in the State.
Opeifa added that the operation in addition, must have a third party insurance policy as well as the Lagos State Insurance Scheme.
The Commissioner who said that about 200 Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) have been trained to handle the documentation appealed to commuter vehicle operators and transport unions to go to any of the 21 vehicle inspection service centers in their localities while the drivers and conductors should go to any of the five Lagos State Driver’s Institute (LASDRI) in their division.
Opeifa while presenting the approved uniform of the drivers and conductors designed by the transport unions to the stakeholders said that badges would also be issued to the owners of commuter vehicles, drivers and commuters.
On the new state taxi policy system, he said that henceforth, anybody that want to operate taxi in the state would obtain a license and such vehicle will be painted in the state government colour of yellow with black stripes except those belonging to the modern taxi system.
He added that the state government being compassionate to the demand of the taxi operators has also graciously approved the use of vehicle not more than five years old to be used as taxi.
Opeifa said that with the license, the operators can get financial assistance for the banking sector.
The Commissioner added that efforts is ongoing to ensure that there are taxi stands in hotels and major shopping malls in the State.
The Chairman of the Transport Committee of the Lagos State House of Assembly, Honourable Bisi Yusuf, in the closing remarks, commended the efforts of various stakeholders in attendance and urged them to cooperate with the Lagos State Government in ensuring the workability of the newly approved public transport management system policy.
Stakeholders in attendance at the forum included transport unions, civil right societies, the banking industry, human right activists, non-governmental organizations and insurance companies amongst others.