The Lagos State Government on Monday issued a seven-day “Vacation Order” to drivers of commercial buses who operate on top of bridges throughout the state.
The ‘Vacation Order,’ according to Sola Giwa, the special adviser to the governor of Lagos State on transportation, was based on the requirement to eliminate any infraction obstructing the free flow of traffic on bridges throughout the State.
He claimed that despite repeated warnings, commercial bus drivers, also known as “danfo drivers,” have persisted in disobeying government regulations and creating significant obstructions near these bridges, which has a detrimental effect on both traffic and the structural integrity of the bridges.
According to the representative, state businesses now have access to bus terminals and garages built by the government.
“Every motorist/commercial bus driver operating along ‘Apongbon’ and ‘Idumota’ (Cater) Bridges, ‘Elegbata:, ‘Ebute-Ero’ and ‘Ejalonibu’ must as a matter of urgency vacate these areas as LASTMA would commence strict enforcement operation immediately after the expiration of this ultimatum until zero tolerance is achieved across the state,” Giwa said, according to a statement by a spokesman for the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Adebayo Taofiq.
Giwa continued by saying that the actions of these commercial bus drivers on bridges are in violation of the 2018 amendment to the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law.
He declared that violators would be reported to the Lagos State Mobile Court for prosecutions after the ultimatum expired.