The Lagos State Government at the weekend clarified the Section of the Road Traffic Law 2012 which restricts trailers and long vehicles from plying the metropolis between the hours of 6am and 9pm.
In a statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu, the government said while Section 2 of the Traffic Law restricts movement of trailers and long vehicles, only petrol tankers and long vehicles used in conveying passengers are allowed to travel within the metropolis between the stipulated time.
Vehicle with more than one rear axle or six tyres are thus restricted between the hours of 6am and 9pm with the exemption of the following in accordance with Section 2 and 38 of the Road Traffic Law 2012.
“These exemptions are tour bus/passenger buses, fire service trucks, rescue and recovery trucks, patrol trucks, perishable farm products trucks, refuse collection trucks, cement mixer trucks, tractors and refrigerated trucks,” Whenu he said.
The permanent secretary said the clarification became necessary following the controversy generated by the enforcement of the Law, after a fatal accident involving a container laden trailer claimed three lives in the Ojuelegba area of the state a fortnight ago.
He said the state government remains committed to the protection of lives and properties of residents irrespective of social, cultural or economic classification and therefore solicits the compliance, cooperation, support and understanding of all and sundry as regards the renewed enforcement of the Law.