LASTMA impounds 40 vehicles over illegal parking, obstructions

Operatives of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Friday disclosed that they had impounded over 4o vehicles for illegal parking and obstructions at various locations in Lagos state.

According to the operatives, the exercise was a decisive move to restore order and ensure the free flow of traffic in the state.

They added that the Authority impounded 25 commercial and 15 private vehicles operating illegal garages and causing serious road obstructions around Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota areas of Lagos.

The agency’s director, public affairs and enlightenment department, Adebayo Taofiq, who made the disclosure to journalists at the office headquarters, Oshodi, Lagos, said the operation was led by the head of enforcement, Mr. Kayode Odunuga, under the directives of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa.

Reacting, the governor’s aide said “this impoundment exercise began in recent weeks and it is part of a broader initiative by the Lagos state government to enhance the efficiency of the city’s transportation network.”

He emphasised the government’s commitment to maintaining law and order on the roads, ensuring that all traffic regulations are strictly enforced.

“Illegal garages have been a significant challenge in our quest to maintain a seamless traffic flow in Lagos. These impoundments send a strong message to all offenders that the state will not tolerate activities that disrupt public order and endanger the lives of our citizens.

“Our goal is to create a safe and orderly environment for all road users and this action is a crucial step in that direction.”

“The targeted areas, Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota, are known hotspots for traffic congestion due to unauthorised parking and the establishment of makeshift garages,” he said.

He said further that residents and business owners had expressed their support for the government action, as they were aware of the positive impact it would have on their daily activities.

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