Nigeria‘s Lagos bans ’nuisance motorbike taxis from most roads

  div classBodysc17zpet90 cdBBJodivpLAGOS Reuters – Nigerias commercial capital Lagos said on Wednesday it will ban motorcycle taxis from operating in most of the trafficclogged city, removing a popular mode of transport for residents.

  pLagos state governor Babajide SanwoOlu said the ban, the second in just over two years, would come into force from June, adding that the motorbikes that offer taxi services, known locally as “Okadas”, were unsafe.pdivdivdiv classBodysc17zpet90 cdBBJodiv

  pIt was not immediately clear if the ban, which does not include delivery motorcycles, would include ridehailing startups such as Oride, Gokada and, which have sought to capitalise on the citys teeming population of just over 20 million people to expand their businesses.

  The companies could not be immediately reached for comment.

  Traffic jams are part of daily life in Lagos, where many residents use motorcycles to crisscross between the traffic, but with little regard for road and safety rules.

  “Lives are being lost on a daily basis, preventable accidents are happening every day and the riders are not respecting any of our traffic laws,” SanwoOlu said.

  “The situation has led to a complete breakdown of law and order. This ban has come to stay and we will not tolerate any weakness in enforcement,” told a news briefing.

  A similar restriction imposed in February 2020 fizzled out because of a lack of enforcement.

  Motorcycle taxis will be banned from 40 bridges and flyovers and areas covering the business districts of Victoria Island and Lagos Island, Apapa, where the primary port is located and Ikeja, which is home to the international airport.

  “How am I supposed to survive when there are no jobs? We will see if this is different from last time,” said Okada driver Victor Abara while the tyre of his motorcycle was being fixed at a roadside garage in Victoria Island.

  Reporting by MacDonald Dzirutwe Editing by Alexander Smith

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