8th August, 2011
The Lagos State Taskforce on Environment and Offences (Enforcement) Unit has begun a clampdown on unpainted commuter vehicles in the Lagos metropolis, southwest Nigeria.
Several unpainted vehicles have been impounded by the taskforce officials in a bid to ensure that armed robbers did not use such vehicles to rob.
Taskforce Chairman, Supol Bayo Sulaiman, emphasied that all commuter buses used in transporting passengers across the state must be painted in the stateâ€™s colour, which is â€˜yellow.â€™
He said government would no longer tolerate such violation of the laws by some people who refuse to paint their buses, adding that massive enforcement was going on to ensure that people complied with the law.
According to Sulaiman, the driver of any unpainted commercial bus impounded by the taskforce official would be made to paint the bus right at the premises of the taskforce before such vehicle would be released.
Sulaiman added that the offender, apart from painting his bus must pay a stipulated amount of money for violating the laws of the state.
He said the essence of this new move was to control and curb crime in the state, adding that some unpainted commter buses owned by mobile policemen, disabled persons and others would no longer be allowed to operate in the state unless they paint their buses in yellow.
â€” Kazeem Ugbodaga