We have Impounded Over 100 Vehicles Disobeying Social Distancing Order – LASTMA

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SWITZERLAND, MAY 05 – As part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Tuesday said it has arrested over 100 vehicles that violated the social distancing order of the state government to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

President Muhammadu Buhari had announced the gradual easing of the lockdown of Lagos, Ogun, and Abuja, from Monday after five weeks lockdown to contain the spread.

The Lagos State Government consequently issued new transport operational guidelines which included observance of social distance in vehicles, compulsory use of face masks and others to prevent the spread of the virus

Commenting on the enforcement operations by LASTMA on Tuesday, the General Manager, Mr. Olajide Oduyoye, blamed the transport unions’ management for not sensitising their members well.

“What we noticed is that the transport unions and bus park managers are not passing the message of a maximum of two passengers per row in their buses, and that needs to change.

“While we corrected and educated no fewer than 200 drivers on Monday, it gives concern that the citizenry, in general, we’re interested in getting to their destinations more than their health and existence.

“They failed to ask themselves real questions: This journey I want to embark upon, what value is it to me or my life? Can it wait? Can it be achieved in order ways than travelling on the road?

“Meanwhile, LASTMA was able to arrest over 100 vehicles, particularly commercial bus operators for violating the physical distance directive of the government,” Oduyoye told Oduyoye commended all the enforcement officers, urging them to do more to help the state stem the spread of the virus.

“I want to advise the public to continue to fervently support the government in this trying period by maintaining physical distancing at all costs.

“The risk of going about their business over a long distance does not just worth it.

“As uncomfortable as it may seem, please wear your face masks at all times.

“Prevention is certainly better than cure. Coronavirus is real and it’s all our collective duties to look after ourselves,” he said.

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