Lagos State government has banned the activities of Tricycle popularly called ‘Keke Marwa’ from the major roads in the state, saying, “it is meant to protect the lives and property of the residents of the state.”
Commissioner for transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa disclosed this at the 2013 Ministerial Press Briefing held in Alausa to mark the sixth anniversary of Governor Babatunde Fashola’s administration.
He said that the state government had held several meetings with the unions on the development, adding “they have agreed to stay away from these roads.”
Some of the roads tricycles operation was outlawed were: the entire Victoria Island, Government Residential Area, GRA Ikeja and Ikoyi. Also on Awolowo road and Awolowo way, Alausa and entire major roads in Surulere Local Government.
He warned that tricycling isn’t a replacement for motorcycle popularly called Okada in the state, adding “it isn’t a sustainable means of transport for the state especially Lagos that is a megacity.”
He explained that section 3 of the 2012 Lagos road traffic law also outlawed the operation of the tri-cycle in the state.
It will be recalled that Fashola signed the road traffic bill into law last year, aimed at improving safety on the Lagos roads.
“After that law was gazetted, the state government allowed tricycle to operate on some of these roads because vehicles available in those roads weren’t enough to convey the passengers plying the road,” he said.
The commissioner stated that today, the state has enough Bus Rapid Transport, BRT and LAGBUS buses, taxis and others are now available on these roads and the tricycle wouldn’t be needed.