To further promote the safety and security of drivers and passengers in commercial transport activities, the Lagos State government has urged all transport operators to get accredited at the Public Transport and Commuter Service Department (PTCS) under the Ministry of Transportation. This was made public via the Lagos State Government Twitter handle.
In a statement released by the Ministry of Transportation, the director, Public Transport and Commuter Services, Ashaolu Ajewole, stated that the accreditation of transport operators was vital for the procurement of vehicle body tag, driver’s badge, stage carriage permit and terminal access permit. The documents, he explained, are now required for operation within the metropolis.
He also stated that all commercial passenger vehicle operators, owners, drivers and conductors including mini-buses, tricycles, all commercial buses, e-hailing and regular cabs, are required to get accredited to legitimise their operations, as well as enhance public trust.
This means that the exercise is being carried out by the Lagos State Government to provide a more secured environment for residents, by having records of transport operators, drivers and others in the state for better monitoring, as some commuters have gone through unpleasant experiences with some commercial vehicle drivers and conductors.
He further disclosed that the exercise would hold continuously at the Directorate of Public Transport and Commuter Services, Block 3, Code of Conduct Bureau, opposite the Police College, Oba Akinjobi Way, GRA, Ikeja, adding that the documentation was mandatory for operators.
The statement also appealed to stakeholders in the public transport sector to participate in the exercise to avoid enforcement measures from the state government.