As a step towards stemming the rate of security infractions occasioned by the indiscriminate use of unregistered vehicles and the illegal use of unpainted taxis, the Lagos State overnment has resolved to invoke relevant sections of the Road Traffic Law 2012 on offenders.
Henceforth, all such unregistered vehicles and unpainted taxis will be impounded and their operators arrested and charged to court for prosecution as provided for in Section 25 of the Road Traffic Law 2012.
This was disclosed by the Honourable Commissioner for Transportation, Comrade Kayode Opeifa while briefing newsmen on the steps taken by the State Government to regulate the operations of commercial vehicle operators in the State.
He advised members of the public to be suspicious of unpainted taxis as many of them are now being used for illegal and criminal activities, saying that findings have shown that many of these vehicles are the tools for armed robbers, kidnappers, hired assassins and other unscrupulous individuals.
He also admonished the public to patronize only the registered taxis (private and corporate cabs) with recognized colours so as not to fall prey to the hoodlums and other men of bad attentions.
The Commissioner said that since the public have the responsibility of securing themselves, they should resist all temptations to patronize such vehicles and report any known person doing so to law enforcement agencies. He also called on law enforcement officers to ensure compliance by bringing offenders to book.