By Adejuwon Osunnuyi
The Lagos State acting commissioner for Transportation, Prince Anofiu Olanrewaju Elegushi has advocated a new operational format that targets assisting motorists with broken down vehicles rather than the idea of towing such vehicles to the various stations of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA).
Prince Elegushi, who said this would give the agency a new lease of life, said LASTMA operatives should be proactive in the discharge of their duties.
The commissioner, while holding a meeting with LASTMA officials in Alausa, Ikeja, said vehicles which break down on the roads should no longer be towed to LASTMA stations and fined as it is the usual practice but rather with the understanding of the driver of the vehicle be towed to the mechanic workshop and payment of towing charges made by the vehicles owners.
He stated that while this feat will not only assist the driver of the vehicle out of difficult situation, traffic will also not be obstructed giving the prompt action by Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) operatives.
Elegushi reiterated that LASTMA officials should be viewed by the members of the public as friends and be treated as such adding that they would be better appreciated when broken down vehicles are quickly assisted by LASTMA officers attached to the area through towing vehicles to the owners’ mechanic workshop.
The commissioner said what should not be encouraged is any attempt for the vehicles to be attended to on the road.
Speaking further, the Acting Commissioner said before enforcement is carried out in any area of the State, LASTMA officials should strategize for a better service delivery.
While urging them to be acquitted and well informed with the traffic law of the State, he said there is need for proper supervision of BRT lanes as he often observed the use of the lanes by other road users, especially the commercial transport drivers with the attendant effect of regular face off between LASTMA officers and these lanes violators.
He explained that the change of baton in the agency was to allow for improved and better service delivery adding that their support will go a long way in assisting the new leaders to achieve the set goals and objectives.
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