Fuel Queue: Lagos Govt Cautions Motorists Against Traffic Jams
The Lagos State Government has issued a warning to motorists lining up for petrol at filling stations, urging them to maintain order and not obstruct the passage of other automobiles.
Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, Commissioner for Transportation, expressed displeasure with the disorderliness of certain drivers, who wait in a haphazard manner and cause traffic congestion at gas stations.
While he expressed sympathy to motorists who are suffering as a result of the nationwide gasoline crisis, he said that this is not a reason to block roads and hamper traffic flow on the highways.
He asked fuel marketers to take steps to guarantee that goods are supplied in a timely way that does not interfere with the rights of other road users to travel freely throughout their communities.
The Commissioner said that traffic regulating authorities have been asked to guarantee free movement of cars and to catch anybody who causes traffic congestion near gas stations, as any vehicle left on the road would be seized, according to the Commissioner.
“The excuses of faulty and unserviceable condition of vehicles are not tenable, as such, motorists should always certify the status of their automobiles before putting them on the road. We want our roads to be free; we do not want fuel queues to constitute a burden for other road users in Lagos,” he said.