The Lagos State Government will begin to implement the restriction of trucks and long vehicles to night operations on certain routes.
The Government said that the decision was a result of traffic menace and fatalities caused by articulated vehicles on roads in the state.
Dr Frederic Oladeinde, the Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, made the disclosure at a Stakeholders Meeting on Implementation of Trucks and Long Vehicles Restriction to Night Time Operations and Dedicated Routes in the state.
The meeting was organised by the Lagos State Ministry of Transportation on Wednesday, January 28.
According to Oladeinde, the development is part of Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s continuous efforts to curb consistent road crashes attributed to activities/operations of trucks/trailers on roads.
“This is in line with the state government’s THEMES Agenda especially as it relates to Traffic Management and Transportation and the ease of doing business in the state.
“Restrictions of containerised trailers and trucks on our roads will now be from 9:00 pm to 6:00 am.
“Containerised trailers are not allowed to travel during the day, it has to be at night time between 9 pm and 6 am. They have to abide by this timing in accordance with the Transportation Law, 2018,” he said.
He also said that the high percentage of road crashes involving articulated vehicles was caused by human errors, saying all defaulting trucks/trailers would be sanctioned.
According to him, the state will collaborate with law enforcement agencies, the Department of Petroleum Resources; as well as other critical stakeholders in implementing some of these strategies in a month’s time.
He said the Lagos state government would also collaborate on the provision of security for day and night operations; state government infrastructure development in terms of road; truck parks; road signage; as well as road call-up systems, and others.
Oladeinde said the government had defined dedicated industrial and boundary routes for trucks and also trailers.
“There will be routes where trailers will be restricted. Trailers can no longer travel across the whole of Lagos; we will make sure that we provide the essential infrastructure.
“We must keep our roads safe.
“The number of trailers that fell on our roads is very alarming. It is important that we protect the people of Lagos state; and it is important that we protect their property,” he said.
He said the state would also enforce the maximum number of 45, 000 liters expected for tankers to lift from tank farms.