The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, says the growing number of motorcycles, tricycles and bicycle riders was responsible for the increase in the number of road traffic crashes in cities.
Oyeyemi, who made this known in Abuja, noted that the recent influx of motorcycles and tricycle riders was as a result of the aftermath of the #EndSARS protest.
According to him, most state governments have outlawed them in the urban areas and as such they were moved to the fringes of the towns.
“Almost all the state government have outlawed them in the urban areas. They were moved to the fringes. I was involved in that of FCT by the Minister of FCT, but after the EndSARS, there was lawlessness, disobedience. Because if you look at what the law says, when people talk about the rule of law, the first question is: what does the law says?
“What does the traffic rules and regulation say about this? Combine that with the highway code. “On expressways, bicycles, motorcycles and tricycle are not supposed to be on the expressway. Like Abuja here, most of the roads are expressways and on expressway, you are not supposed to have bicycles, motorcycles, tricycle.”
“So the Minister took a bold decision and confined them to the fringes, but the #EndSARS brought back this lawlessness and action is been taken again.”
Oyeyemi said dislodging the motorcycles and tricycles riders from urban areas had helped to reduce crashes on the road.
He, therefore, said that proactive measures would be put in place to ensure that they get back to the fringes and as well stop them from causing chaos in the city.
“When Lagos confined them three, four years ago, I think (Kayode) Opeifa was the Commissioner for Transportation then, road traffic crashes dropped by 70 per cent. The data are there.” He said.