Sunday, 14 July 2013

LASTMA Declares War On Indiscriminate Parking On Highways

Following the frequent traffic gridlock experience by motorists in some highways in the state metropolis, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) yesterday said that it would longer condone indiscriminate parking on the highways.

The agency also declared zero tolerance for motorists most especially company staff buses and private cars who park, pick or drop passenger at will along  the Third Mainland Bridge particularly in ward Alapere and Lagos Island respectively with effect from Monday July, 15th, 2013.

This, the traffic management authority said, would promote good usage of road network, reduce traffic congestion and restore sanity on Iyana Oworo axis and its environs.

Speaking on the development, the General Manager, Engr Babatunde Edu, said the flagrant and indiscriminate parking by motorists, especially company staff buses and private cars to either pick or drop passenger at the main exit and entrance of the Third Mainland Bridge is responsible for the endless traffic congestion witness daily on the axis.

He said:"The volume of traffic gridlock on that axis is caused by private cars, staff buses who park and pick pedestrians or their colleagues on the highway  We are set to clamp down on any motorists who park recklessly on the high way, particularly in Iyana-Oworo axis. Stressing further that henceforth motorists should move toward the Iyana Oworo Layby which is primarly designed  for picking and dropping of passengers as LASTMA will no longer tolerate reckless parking on the highway. If we all do what is right, there is no way such traffic congestion will be that much."

"The avoidable traffic usually associated with Iyana Oworo as a result of the nonchalant attitude of drivers who disengage, pick and sometimes  park to wait for their friends, family or colleagues thereby making other road users go through undue hardship as a result of long hours spent in traffic.
Edu, however, stressed that it became imperative for the agency to enforce law and order on the axis.

The LASTMA boss urged motorists in the State to always obey traffic rules and regulations as these rules are made in their own interest, adding that this is crucial in order to forestall preventable accident and loss of lives. 

He added that LASTMA officials have been strategically positioned to enforce and contravene defaulters of this directive.

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