The Directorate of Road Traffic Services at the Federal Capital Territory Administration impounded at least 20 rickety vehicles, 10 tricycles and 15 motorcycles on Tuesday and indicated that it would crush them.
The News Agency of Nigeria quoted the directorate’s Head of Operations, Mrs Deborah Osho, as telling journalists during the raid that owners of the vehicles would also be prosecuted.
Osho said they would be prosecuted either for using rickety vehicles, for operating from illegal motor parks or for breaking the law against the operation of commercial motorcycles and tricycles.
She explained that the raid was conducted to rid the FCT of illegal motor parks, rickety vehicles that were not road-worthy, tricycles, and motorcycles and to keep the city clean.
She said, “The main goal is to keep the city clean and free of rickety vehicles littering the streets of the capital city.
“Most of the commercial taxis, motorcycles and tricycles constituted a nuisance in the nation’s capital city. This is unacceptable.
“We are doing everything we can to address the problem and we will continue to clamp down on all rickety vehicles and taxis operating illegal parks around the city.”
Osho urged FCT motorists to be law-abiding and to respect all traffic rules and regulations to ensure safer roads, a clean city and sanity in the capital city.
In his remarks, the Secretary, Command and Control, FCTA Taskforce, Mr Peter Olumuji, said ridding the city of all kinds of illegality would improve security.
Olumuji said the DRTS would continue to go after operators of illegal motor parks, rickety vehicles, and operators of commercial tricycles and motorcycles in collaboration with security agencies.
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