The Lagos State Task Force has gone after operators of commercial motorcycle operators ‘Gokada’ and ‘Maxokada’ who ply restricted routes in the state .
Following the fallout ,the agency has arrested 23 operators and impounded 10 motorcycles for traffic offence of plying restricted routes.
The agency has therefore warned that it would henceforth go after operators of commercial motorcycles operators who fail to comply with the Lagos State Road Traffic Laws of 2012.
Task Force Chairman, CSP. Olayinka Egbeyemi, during enforcement operations on motorcyclists operating on restricted routes including one-way around Ikeja, Ojota, and Maryland said the agency would not fold its arms and watch the recklessness of commercial motorcycles.
CSP Egbeyemi that out of 115 motorcycles impounded during the enforcement operations 22 were branded commercial ‘Gokada and Maxokada’.
He said that the operation of the newly branded commercial
He said that in accordance with the law , no commercial motorcycle operator is allowed to operate around 475 restricted routes including highways and bridges across the State.
Egbeyemi in a statement signed by Head , Public Affairs Unit of Task Force , Mr Toafik Adebayo , he stated that “The government has advised members of the public to henceforth, desists from patronising commercial motorcyclists on all restricted routes as passengers are as well liable for prosecutions .
“It is disheartening to see operators of these newly branded commercial motorcycles (Gokada/Maxokada) struggling the right of ways with motorists on highways and bridges across the State”
” The Lagos State Commissioner of Police, CP Zubairu Muazu has directed that 10 arrested riders be immediately charge to court .
One of the arrested ‘Gokada’ riders ,Mr. Francis claimed that the riders pay N3000 per day to the authority but said the riders were not aware of any documentations with the government. He said he they thought that the authority has done necessary documentations with appropriate quarters before handing over the motorcycles to them “.
Another rider, Adeniran said that he collected his ‘Maxokada’ on higher a purchase from the management, thinking that the owner would have done proper documentation with the government.