LASG To Screen Commercial Vehicles From July 1

Commercial bus drivers and conductors who failed to register with the government should be ready to stop doing business from July, 1, 2014, Lagos State Government has said.

The government explained that the deadline for the registration of commercial bus drivers and conductors would end on June 30, while enforcement would begin the following day.

It added that any commercial vehicle not registered after the deadline would be impounded.

The Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, at a news conference on Friday, said the commercial bus operators were asked to document their business since November, 2013, adding that many of them had not complied despite series of extension granted to them.

Opeifa said out of an estimated 80,000 commercial passenger vehicles and drivers in the state, only 24,257 vehicles and 28,902 drivers had registered with the government; while 7,637 taxis had also complied with the directive.

He said, “The state government is committed and ready to implement this policy to the letter having waited for another six months to ensure strict compliance. The full enforcement must commence immediately as transport unions with their documentation had made us believe that there are only 24,257 vehicles, 28,902 drivers, 591 conductors and 7,637 taxis in the state.

“To this end, with effect from 1 July, 2014, only the registered drivers and conductors on our database are permitted to operate commercial passenger vehicles in the state and all others found on our road will be apprehended.

“Law enforcement agents such as the VIS, LASTMA, the police and the FRSC, have been directed to ensure strict compliance with the law. While the documentation exercise is supposed to be at a cost to the operators, we have for the last eight months provided the services free of charge.”

The commissioner said when the enforcement started, operators who had yet to be documented would do so at a cost of N20,000 for the commercial vehicle owners, while N5,000 and N2,000 would be charged for drivers and conductors’ accreditation respectively.

“In addition, apprehended offenders will be fined for a minimum of N20, 000 as stipulated in the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012. I implore those who have complied with the documentation to feel free to go about their normal business activities at the commencement of the full enforcement,” Opeifa said.

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