Written by Austine ELEMUE

FCTA reiterates ban on tricycles, motorcycles Releases over 1,000 confiscated tricycles

The Mandate Secretary for Transportation Secretariat of the FCTA, Hon. Kayode Opeifa, has reiterated the commitment of the administration to continue the strict enforcement of the ban on commercial tricycles and motorcycles from restricted areas of the territory. 

Opeifa also revealed that the administration has concluded plans to release about 1, 000 impounded tricycles to their owners through the leadership of Commercial Tricycle Operators Association, on the condition that none of them will find its way on the restricted routes within the capital city. 

He further warned that the Directorate of Road Traffic Services, DRTS, will not relent on the enforcement of traffic regulations and policies, aimed at sanitizing transportation outlook in the nation's capital. 

The secretary, who spoke last week while briefing journalists, on the traffic activities on roads in FCT, said the gesture was in response to a request by tricycle operators in the territory. 

His words: "This gesture (the release of the tricycles) is not a sign of weakness but magnanimity on the part of the government to the operators." 

He recalled that over five years ago, there has been an ongoing efforts to rid the territory of the illegal use of tricycles in the Federal Capital City, FCC, noting that overtime, the administration has also issued advisory, asking operators to stay off the major roads. 

According to him, the computation policy of the FCT is hinged on the use of mass transit vehicles and taxis, however, due to some inadequacies and economic situation, there have been increase in the use of tricycles and motorcycles. 

He explained that subsequently, the FCTA issued an advisory that they should leave the roads, and within that five years, especially about the first three years, relevant authorities have apprehended over one thousand tricycles. 

He added that: "All the restricted routes the union leadership will ensure that their members obey the rule of engagements. 

"Recently, we also met with the leadership of tricycle operators in FCT, where specifics were made known to them, and they promised to work hard to get their members out of these major roads."     

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