The Lagos State Government on Sunday clarified that petrol tankers and long vehicles used in conveying passengers are exempted from the movement restriction which barred articulated vehicles from travelling within the metropolis between 6 a.m and 9 p.m.
A statement signed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Oluseyi Whenu, said that the section of the Road Traffic Law 2012 which restricted trailers and articulated vehicles from plying the metropolis between 6 a.m and 9 p.m, expressly exempts the aforementioned category of vehicles.
The statement said that while Section 2 of the Traffic Law restricted movement of trailers and articulated vehicles, only petrol tankers and long vehicles used in conveying passengers were allowed to travel within the metropolis between the stipulated time.
It said that vehicles with more than one rear axle or six tyres were hereby restricted between 6 a.m and 9 p.m, with the exemption of some vehicles in accordance with sections 2 and 38 of the Road Traffic Law 2012.
“These exemptions are tour buses or 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.”
The statement said the clarification became necessary following the controversy generated due to the enforcement of the law, after a fatal accident in the state.
It added that the accident involved a container-laden trailer which claimed three lives on Sept.2, at Ojuelegba.
According to the statement, the state government remains committed to the protection of lives and property of residents irrespective of social, cultural or economic classification.
It, therefore, solicited the compliance, cooperation, support and understanding of all and sundry as regarding the renewed enforcement of the law.