LASTMA Impounds 40 Vehicles to Clear Illegal Garages in Lagos

To restore order and improve traffic flow, the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has impounded 40 vehicles, including 25 commercial and 15 private, operating illegal garages and causing road obstructions in Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota.

LASTMA Impounds 40 Vehicles to Clear Illegal Garages in Lagos

This was announced in a statement by LASTMA on on Friday.

The enforcement operation, led by Mr. Kayode Odunuga, was conducted under the supervision of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Sola Giwa.

The team focused on illegal garages responsible for persistent traffic jams and inconveniencing residents and commuters.

Giwa noted that this effort is part of a larger initiative to improve the city’s transportation system and uphold road order.

He said, “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.”

Oyingbo, Ijora, and Idumota are notorious for traffic congestion due to unauthorized parking and makeshift garages.

The statement emphasized that illegal garages and unauthorized parking not only block vehicle movement but also pose safety risks to pedestrians.

LASTMA’s intervention aims to remove these hazards, reduce congestion, and improve traffic flow in the affected areas.

Residents and business owners have welcomed the government’s actions, highlighting the positive impact on their daily activities.

LASTMA has committed to continuing and expanding this operation to other parts of the city where illegal garages are common.

Giwa urged vehicle owners and operators to follow the state’s traffic regulations and cooperate with authorities to avoid penalties.

He reiterated that the government’s main goal is to create a better and more livable Lagos for everyone.

Giwa also encouraged motorists to take responsibility for the roads and promptly report any broken down or abandoned trailers to LASTMA.

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