COVID-19: LASTMA impounds over 100 vehicles for violating ‘physical distancing’ directive

Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) said on Tuesday it had seized more than 100 vehicles that violated the state government's social detachment directive.

The general manager of LASTMA, Olajide Oduyoye, who disclosed this to journalists, blamed the management of the unions for not sensitizing their members well.

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He said: “What we have noticed is that the transport unions and bus park managers are not passing on the message of a maximum of two passengers per queue on their buses; and that needs to change.

“Although we corrected and educated no less than 200 drivers on Monday, it is worrying that citizens, in general, were interested in reaching their destinations more than their health and existence.

“They failed to ask real questions: on this journey that I want to embark on, what value is it to me or my life? It can wait? Can it be achieved in an orderly way than traveling on the road?

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"Meanwhile, LASTMA was able to arrest more than 100 vehicles, mainly commercial bus operators, for violating the government's physical distance directive."

Oduyoye said the directive on minimum physical distance on buses has not sunk in the hearts of operators.

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He added: “It was more unfortunate to see many passengers fighting and arguing that three passengers in a row of danfo (commercial buses) should be allowed, even when the distance between passengers is only ten centimeters.

“Many parents also went out with their children, without masks. It's scary, to say the least. "

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