Operatives of the Lagos State Task Force have impounded 109 commercial motorcycles for riding on restricted routes at the 2nd Rainbow end of Oshodi-Apapa Expressway, Lagos.
The Chairman of the Agency, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, who led the team during the enforcement operation over the weekend, disclosed that the exercise was carried out after several warnings to motorcycle riders to desist from plying restricted routes, particularly highways and bridges across the State.
He stated further that complaints were received from the general public on illegal and criminal activities perpetrated by the motorcycle operators and therefore, it became necessary to curtail their activities.
According to him, “While some of them harass innocent members of the public at various bus-stops, others engage in all sorts of criminal acts by dispossessing Lagosians within the axis of valuable items such as phones, jewellery and bags. They also attack motorists held in traffic in the morning and evening”.
CSP Egbeyemi maintained that a total clampdown on illegal activities of motorcycle operators on restricted routes will be vigorously sustained on daily basis with the full support of other Divisional Police Officers and the Area Commanders across the State.
The Chairman warned dispatch riders using power bikes (200cc above) to desist from engaging in illegal commercial activities as anyone caught violating Lagos State Traffic Laws will be prosecuted.
He also urged all motorcycle riders’ associations across the State to always dissuade their members from plying all 475 restricted routes in Lagos as well as educate them on the inherent danger in plying any of the restricted routes.
The Chairman revealed that over 2500 illegal commercial motorcycles impounded by the Agency in the last 3 months (January to March 2019) would soon be crushed by the government to serve as a deterrent to others