The Lagos State Government has said it would sanction motorists who park indiscriminately on roads in the state while queuing at filling stations to buy premium motor spirit.
The state government placed a ban on indiscriminate parking on roads around filling station after long fuel queues worsened the traffic situation in the state, making commuting a nightmare for Lagosians.
In a statement by the Chief Press Secretary to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode, Habib Haruna, the government said the ban on fuel queues on roads was effective immediately.
The state Commissioner for Transport, Dr. Dayo Mobereola, was quoted as saying after the weekly State Executive Council Meeting that although the government was worried about the difficulties people faced as a result of the lingering fuel scarcity, it would not allow the situation “cripple the flow of traffic”.
He said, “Having empathised with the citizens, we are all aware that it is important to keep certain things in check and this is why we are addressing this press briefing in sync with the Pipelines and Product Marketing Company and the Department of Petroleum Resources to send a strong signal to those who do not appear to be very mindful of the law particularly in the manner in which they are administering the sale of fuel all over time.
“In essence, what we are saying is that we will no longer accept indiscriminate queues that result in blocking traffic and easy flow of movement all over the state and that wherever this happen, we would have to deal decisively with any erring filling or petrol stations according to the law”.
According to him, it is the responsibility of dispensing filling stations to ensure that the process is managed appropriately.
“Let me make it very clear that we will apprehend the vehicles that are going beyond one lane in queuing up for fuel. We will tow them away, charge them and fine them appropriately,” he said.
The Chief Executive Officer of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority, Mr. Chris Olakpe, was quoted as reminding motorists that apart from paying a fine for willful obstruction of traffic, owners of impounded vehicles would also pay fines for towing the vehicles.
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