In a bid to ease vehicular movement and transportation sectors in Lagos State and beyond, the Lagos State House of Assembly Committee on Transportation led by a brilliant and resourceful member of the house, Hon. Adewale Temitope from Ifako-Ijaiye 01 constituency. The committee has reviewed and put in place enabling laws that will reduce the rate of accidents and abuse by road users as this is the reason for the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform ( Amendment) Bill 2018 public hearing as powered by Temitope led committee.
According to Hon. Temitope during the public hearing of the transport reform, he further emphasized that motorists need an enabling environment for commuting and that is one of the responsibilities of the legislators by creating a law for such purpose.
The public hearing was aimed at addressing issues negating the effective use of roads, the reintroduction of new laws and provide penalties for the flagrant abuse of the existing and new traffic laws of the state.
Speaking at the hearing, Hon Temitope spoke extensively on the purpose of the public hearing noting that, it will give the public the opportunity to know more about the existing laws and its amendments before it is being passed into the bill for further impute by the house.
“The purpose of our gathering here today is to fulfil the tradition of the House to always conduct a public hearing on any legislation before the House in order to receive the input of stakeholders and the general public before same is implement”.
While listing the prepositions of the transportation reform, he noted that “the proposed amendment on the Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018, seeks to review the process and introduce reform into the Road Traffic, Transport Sector and the various Laws that were consolidated in 2018 such as The Lagos State Road Traffic Law; Road Traffic Regulations; The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority Law; The Vehicle Inspection Service; The Lagos State Inland Waterways Authority Law; The Lagos State Parking Authority Law; The Lagos State Drivers’ Training Institute Law; Lagos State Number Plate Production Authority and The Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority Law that were previously separated”.
“I wish to state that from the survey and feedback received by the House, it shows that the consolidated Law of 2018 is not user friendly and has raised many issues across the State, however, these current amendments seek to address the problems and other traffic regulations challenges facing the State with a view to bringing it up to the current realities”, he said.
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“In addition, all elements relating to roads, including road traffic were inserted under an omnibus Transport Sector Law but transport and traffic are not necessarily the same thing, while Transport is generally related to the carriage of people or goods from one place to another by means of a vehicle, aircraft or ship, or refers to a system or means of conveying people or goods from place to place. This immediately excludes a large number of road users who are private owners in charge of their vehicle and who are not conveying goods or people”.
He further stated and hoped that the proposed amendment would address the overlapping functions among the implementing agencies and ensure clear cut functions with a view to strengthening the transportation sector of the State and give us the desired result. I would like to enjoin participants to contribute meaningfully to the proposed legislation and assure you that all suggestions, opinions and contributions made would be considered on their merits to form the bedrock of passing the Bill into Law.
The event was well attended by members of the public, Transport operator, the staff of the ministry of transportation, LASWA, LASTMA, VIO and members of the press.