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Oyo commences operation one passenger enforcement

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OYO State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA) has commenced enforcement of operation one-passenger which specifically aims at reducing to barest minimum, incessant road crashes resulting from overloading of vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles in the state.

Addressing journalists on Monday, at the administrative headquarters of the union, the Executive Chairman, Akin Fagbemi explained that the implementation of the one-passenger policy  was not to inconvenience the commercial transport workers but to further ensure safety on the roads, reduce accidents occurrence rate and return sanity to transportation sector of the state.

“As a result of huge number of accidents we have painstakingly recorded since commencement of this administration, this policy has become inevitable. Hundreds of innocent school pupils who represent the future of our dear state has lost their precious lives with several others left with various degrees of life-threatening injuries. As a state under the leadership of the people-loving Governor, His Excellency, Seyi Makinde, we definitely cannot continue to do things the same way and expect a different result. We must put an end to this madness regardless of whose ox is gored.

We are aware that an insignificant faction of certain individuals who are feeding fat on the pecuniary gains attributable to dangerous overloading of commercial vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles are organising some protests here and there at the detriment of the people of the state. It is indeed their fundamental and inalienable right but we must be guided at all times,” he stated.

He said the authority embarked on massive awareness and public advocacy programmes on the streets, radio stations and television stations across the state and also consulted the Paramount ruler of Ibadan land, His Imperial Majesty, Oba Saliu Akanmu Adetunji Aje-Oguguniso 1, the Olubadan of Ibadan land and other monarchs across the state on this issue.

Mr. Fagbemi noted that all relevant stakeholders particularly the riders and drivers were sensitised .

According to him, the sensitisation was done for over 100days and while many are complying, some remain adamant and continue to wreck havoc on innocent passengers, wasting lives and causing tremendous traffic jams culminating to loss of productive work-hours.

He further implored all  law abiding commercial drivers and riders to go about their lawful businesses without fear of arrest as only those defaulting would be arrested and their impounded vehicles charged to the authority’s mobile magistrate court for adjudication according to the existing laws guiding road traffic and transportation in the state.

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