by Oluwasaye Rachael
The Lagos State Government has declared that it is now compulsory for operators of event centres and private property owners preparing to host more than 50 guests to notify the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), especially if it is perceived that their properties would not accommodate large numbers of vehicles that may be brought by their guests.
The government said that the LASTMA will be on hand to advise them on what to do rather than allowing their visitors to block roads as this will attract stiffer penalties if caught. It therefore warned operators of places of attraction of compliance to adequatearrangement on the management of traffic and parking of visitors’ vehicles.
Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, who read the riot act, warned that the state government would no longer condone parking of vehicles on the roadside by guests. He apologised on behalf of the government for the traffic gridlock and said it was regrettable that innocent citizens who were going about their lawful duties were forced to share in the pains caused by merrymakers.’
He warned that any commercial event centre, place of worship, night club/lounge, private property owners as well as vehicles towed, that are shot on the account of an illegal blockage of roads by their attendants would not be released until their owners paid the stipulated fines.
”Many of these events centres and churches do not have enough spaces for their visitors, so, public roads are used for their parking while on many occasions they extend parking of vehicles to critical junctions and highways while not mindful of other road users,” he explained
Reminding that the relevant section of the State Traffic Laws that guide the operation of events centres in the state as regard parking of vehicles is still in place, Oladeinde warned that the government would not hesitate to apply the law on any erring event centre or private property owner whose attendants infringes on other citizens’ freedom of movement.