By Gbenro Adesina
The Chairman of the Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority, OYRTMA, Mogaji Akin Fagbemi, on Monday December 2, 2019 in Ibadan disclosed that henceforth, commercial motor drivers with more than one passenger in the front seat and cyclists with more than one passenger would be arrested and prosecuted for violation of the Oyo State Road Traffic Law.
Fagbemi stated that this measure has become imperative to reduce accidents on the road in the state.
He said that the number of accidents attributed to overloading in recent time had risen, calling on all motorists to comply with the State Road Traffic Law (2019) that compelled motorists not to allow more than a passenger on the front seat, while commercial motorcyclists were also to carry only a passenger at a time with compulsory use of crash helmet.
According to him, “Owing to the significant number of motorcycle-related road crashes recorded in the state in the last two quarters of the year, it has become imperative and expedient to fully and strictly implement the portion of the State Road Traffic Law 2019, which clearly stipulates that all motorists and motorcycles operating within the state should not at any point in time carry more than one passenger and must as well utilize the crash helmet.
“In the best interest of the citizens of Oyo State, particularly as the Governor Seyi Makinde-led administration is committed to the security of lives and properties of the people, the governor has directed, through OYRTMA that all commercial motorists and motorcycles must adhere strictly to the traffic law on the number of passengers to load, so as to avoid accident”.
Fagbemi reiterated the readiness of the state administration to put any offender caught violating the law through the legal process to serve as deterrence for others.