Lagos begins issuance of new taxi licences

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LAGOS—The Lagos State Government, yesterday, presented provisional taxi licenses allocation letters and badges to taxi operators in the state.

Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa said the 2012 road traffic law also include the operation of taxis hence, the need for the new taxi policy.

He said the provisional allocation letter will among others, enable the state government pursue the transformation in the public transport industry, enhance professionalism, ensure standard and safety of lives of people in the state.

Opeifa explained that the provisional allocation letters were issued to only taxi cab operators who had earlier done accreditation with the state government through the Vehicle Inspection Service, VIS, offices and captured on the data base of the Lagos State Public Transport Management System.

He noted that with the commencement of the new taxi system, only license holders with the state colour of green, yellow, blue and red stripes on their cabs   will be able to operate taxi business in Lagos.

Earlier the permanent secretary in the ministry, Oluseye Coker, urged the taxi drivers to utilize the license for the purpose it was issued, noting that it would create opportunities for them to expand their businesses and build an effective taxi operation system in the state.

President of Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators Association of Nigeria, Prince Tajudeen Adetoro, in his reaction, commended the state government for initiating the new taxi policy in the state.

Adetoro said the initiative would in no little measure enrich taxi operation in the state.

Also, the chairman of Cabs Operators Association, Adeboye Ajakaiye said: “The initiative will help to make the industry viable, robust, investment friendly and operator friendly, creating easy access to funds to procure new vehicles.”

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