The Lagos state government has ordered owners and operators of commercial motorbikes, ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’ to direct their riders to comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.
The Lagos State Task Force gave the order after impounding 23 motorbikes on restricted routes and arrested 10 riders.
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi disclosed this during enforcement operations on motorcyclists operating on restricted routes as well as those driving against one-way traffic around Ikeja, Ojota and Maryland.
According to Egbeyemi, out of the 115 motorcycles impounded during the enforcement operations, 22 were of ‘Gokada and Maxokada’.
He added that their violation of traffic regulations by the motorcycle operators is illegal as they do not have valid documentation backing their operations in the State.
He, therefore, reiterated that in accordance with the law no commercial motorcycle operator is allowed to operate around 475 restricted routes including highways and bridges across the State.
“The government enjoins members of the public to henceforth desist from patronising commercial motorcyclists on all restricted routes as passengers are also liable to prosecution. It was an eye-sore seeing operators of these newly branded commercial motorcycles (Gokada/ Maxokada) struggling with motorists for the right of way on our highways and bridges across the State”, he asserted.
He further revealed that the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed the immediate prosecution of the arrested riders.