The Lagos State Task Force on the Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit has impounded 100 motorcycles for plying restricted routes.
It was gathered that the motorcycles, whose riders plied the Navy Town, 2nd Rainbow and Festac Town areas of the state, were impounded for defying repeated warnings issued by the state government.
The Chairman of the agency, Shola Jejeloye, who led the team, stated that enforcement was carried out to halt the abuse of traffic laws by motorcyclists in the state.
He said, “The discouraging high statistics of motorcycle accidents and the compelling need to enhance safety on Lagos roads led to the promulgation of the Lagos State Transport Sector Reformed Law, 2018.
“Apart from criminals using these motorcycles as a means to escape after criminal activities, the influx into the state of these illegal motorcyclists without any traceable address and valid means of identification remains a huge security and safety threat to residents.
“In accordance with the law, every motorcycle operators must wear crash helmets; be above 18 years; not ride on kerb/median/road setbacks; avoid restricted routes; not carry more than one passenger, pregnant women, an adult with baby or child below 12 years; not install any musical gadgets; must wear an apron; not operate beyond 10pm; operate with a rider’s permit and have their motorcycles registered with the government.”
The chairman sought the cooperation of the residents of the state in providing useful information about criminal activities around them to security agencies through the Lagos State free emergency toll lines 112 and 767.