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FRSC asks motorcyclists to stay off highways


Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) officials warning motorcyclists at Toyota Bus-Stop along Oshodi-Apapa Expressway to stay off the highways in Lagos… yesterday.

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has implored motorcyclists, otherwise known as Okada riders, to stay off the highways for the safety of their lives and passengers.

Officials of the commission were sighted at the Toyota Bus Stop in Lagos at the weekend enlightening riders and passengers in different dialects on the need for them to stay off the highways.

This is coming as a swift response to The Guardian’s report on ‘mixed reactions trailing the proposed restriction order on Okada riders, tri-cyclists in Lagos’ last Friday.

The Public Relations Officer, Murtala International Airport Unit Command, Assistant Route Commander Kehinde Egbewole, who spoke with The Guardian, said: “We are out here to enlighten passengers for the safety of lives and property. Most of them are not learned and that is why we are coming out to educate them for their own safety.

“We want all these Okada riders to leave the highways. The motorcycles are blocking the flow of traffic on the highway, causing obstruction and thereby encouraging danger on the road. Nobody can’t state the essence of the danger until it occurs.”

According to him, if after the enlightenment riders don’t comply, the corps will be forced to sanction defaulters. Many of these riders don’t have riders’ licence. They don’t use safety helmets and they obstruct traffic rule, which is punishable under the law.

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