LASTMA vows tough sanctions on BRT drivers.

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has given warning to to Bus Rapid Transit ( BRT) drivers who violate traffic rules and regulations that it will no longer be business as usual.

It was made known in a  statement in Lagos on Wednesday that plan had been  concluded  to enforce traffic laws on such recalcitrant Lagos State Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) bus drivers across the state.

The General Manager,  LASTMA, Mr Bolaji Oreagba gave the warning in a  statement  when a delegation from LAMATA paid a courtesy visit to the agency’s headquarters at Oshodi, Lagos.

The delegation was led by LAMATA’s Director of Corporate Communication, Mr. Kolawole Ojelabi.

According to the statement which was issued by LASTMA’s Director, Public Affairs and Enlightenment Department, Mr Adebayo Taofiq, Oreagba said the agency would no longer tolerate

 avoidable traffic obstructions caused by the drivers on major roads across the state.

He said that the renewed enforcement was based on the  series of complaints from members of the public on the attitude of some of the drivers, particularly at major intersections across the metropolis.

 “Any LAMATA bus driver caught driving dangerously, one-way, willful obstructions, dropping passengers at undesignated bus/stops, or disobeying traffic officers/ traffic lights would be dealt with in accordance with the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law of 2018.

“LAMATA as a management must as a matter of urgency engage experts on transportation management to train and retrain their operators (drivers) in order to checkmate their excesses,” he said.

Oreagba appealed to  both private and commercial bus drivers, to always adhere strictly to all traffic rules and regulations.

The Director of Corporate Communication, LAMATA, Mr Kolawole Ojelabi, is quoted as calling for a synergy between LAMATA and LASTMA in traffic management and enforcement.

Ojelabi assured that LASTMA personnel would henceforth be invited during their quarterly ‘Village Meeting’ to educate and enlighten BRT bus drivers on the rudiments of traffic laws and signs.

“We are aware of the recklessness of some of these drivers and on a regular basis we sack and blacklist them to prevent them from being employed by another bus service company,” he is quoted as saying.

 Ojelabi said that any bus operator caught violating any of the traffic laws and regulations would be held accountable and dealt with in accordance to the Law.

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