21st June, 2012
The Lagos State Government has given a seven-day ultimatum to the beneficiaries of the Federal Government assisted Mass Transit buses meant for other states but now operating in Lagos State, Southwest Nigeria without due and proper registration, to regularise their operation.
This is in its determination to ensure adequate monitoring of the operations of commuter buses and compliance with traffic rules and regulations in the state.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa said that the ultimatum was necessary in order to ensure that the beneficiaries properly register their mass transit buses in line with the State Mass Transit Bus Franchise Scheme or the State Commuter Bus Scheme.
The commissioner said that the officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and the Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIOs) had been mandated to ensure strict compliance and impound any of such vehicles which after the expiration of the ultimatum on 27 June, 2012 is found not to have complied with the directive which required that they operate under the LAGBUS Franchise Scheme (BFS).
Opeifa also appealed to all professional drivers in the state, including employees of corporate organizations and commercial vehicles with private chauffeurs to ensure that they undergo the re-certification training at the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) before engaging in professional driving in the state.