The Lagos State Government on Monday said it has concluded plans to commence the crushing and recycling of over 4,000 impounded commercial motorcycles, popularly called Okada, in line with the provisions of the State Traffic Law 2012.
The State Commissioner of Police, Fatai Owoseni, said the recent clampdown on Okada across the state was a fall out of the government’s resolve to address the security concerns posed by their operations, saying that criminals are in the habit of using okada to perpetrate crime and get away.
According to Mr. Owoseni, the decision to crush and recycle the impounded motorcycles was in accordance with the provision of the law. Mr. Owoseni said aside impounding the motorcycles and tricycles, the enforcement would also clampdown on the operators and residents who patronise them, adding that mobile courts would be instituted to try arrested offenders.
Owoseni said due to the constant challenges of enforcing the law, the state government was already considering an outright ban on okada operations in some areas of the state starting with the Lekki and Victoria Island axis.
He frowned at the flagrant way Okada and tricycle operators flout the traffic law especially by not obeying traffic light, saying that in most cases it leads to avoidable accident and death of innocent citizens.