Disclosing the development at a meeting with chairmen of the Lagos Urban Bus Owners Association of Nigeria (LUBON) and operators of Molue buses, the General Manager, Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) Engr. Babatunde Edu, said the decision was taken by the state government in its effort to ensure adequate monitoring of the operations of commercial vehicles and compliance with traffic rules and regulations.
The ban, according to Edu, was supposed to have come into effect last month, but the state government decided to embark on enlightenment first.
He said LASTMA has been empowered by government to ensure strict compliance with the directive and to impound any bus found on the aforementioned routes.
The LASTMA boss further stated that the buses can operate in other parts of the state aside the restricted areas, stressing that government has not banned their operation in the state.
Responding on behalf of the group, Engr. Taofeek Adesina, hailed government’s efforts to restore sanity and order in the state and pledged the union’s readiness to support the cause.