The Lagos State Government has warned motorists queuing up for fuel at filling stations to be orderly and not hinder the movement of others.
“The government sympathises with motorists who are enduring the pains of the fuel shortage being experienced across the country. This, however, is no excuse to block roads and impede traffic flow”, Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde said.
Oladeinde frowned at the disorderly behaviour of some drivers, who queue up haphazardly and disrupt traffic flow around petrol stations. He urged petrol marketers to ensure that products are sold in an orderly manner that would not infringe on the rights of other road users to free movement.
The Commissioner said that traffic regulatory agencies had been directed to ensure free movement of vehicles and apprehend anyone that disrupts traffic around petrol stations. Any vehicle left on the road will be towed away.
He warned residents that excuses of faulty and unserviceable condition of vehicles are not tenable, advising motorists to always certify the status of their automobiles before putting them on the road.
“We want our roads to be free; we do not want fuel queues to constitute a burden for other road users in Lagos,” he said.
Oladeinde reiterated that efficient traffic management has remained crucial in the attainment of seamless multi-modal transportation in Lagos and sought the cooperation of the motoring public to ensure that the efforts of the State government yield results.