16th December, 2010
Some aggrieved members of Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators AssociationÂ (LASTDCOA) have appealed to the state government to intervene in the crisis rockingÂ the association.
Part fo allegations levelled against the executives of the association includeÂ conniving with the state security apparatus, especially officials of VehicleÂ Inspection Office (VIO), to harass and intimidate some members of the association.
The aggrieved members, led by Comrade Kola Afolabi, in a chat with P.M. NEWS,Â alleged that the associationâ€™s executives ordered vehicle inspection officials toÂ arrest any member that still uses Tokunbo cars for taxi operation, any taxi withoutÂ the associationâ€™s sticker as well as to stop issuing hackney permit, carÂ registration, road worthiness, vehicle licence and other relevant documents to them.
Afolabi also alleged that the executives of the association use the introduction ofÂ new cars for taxi business in the state to exploit its members instead of gettingÂ things done for them at reduced rates.
However, Prince Adetoro, the General Secretary of the association, refuted all theÂ allegations.
According to him, there was no day the executives connived with vehicle inspectionÂ officers to arrest any members, saying that the decision was made to save membersÂ from the embarrassment caused by those who use taxis to perpetrate evil in theÂ state.
While saying that there was no time the association ordered VIOs to arrest any taxiÂ driver that failed to buy new cars for their service, Adetoro added that theÂ introduction of new cars for taxi or cab operation was informed by the launch andÂ introduction of private initiatives into taxi and cab operation in the state.