The Lagos State Government says henceforth, vehicles without its franchise being used for taxi operations will be seized.
The Special Adviser to the Governor on Transportation, Anofiu Elegushi, told journalists on Tuesday that the government was determined to regulate taxi operations in the state to ensure safety and security of passengers.
He said, “Appropriate franchise system has been developed to ensure control and regulation within the transport sector. The model adopted is a co-operative model involving a franchise threshold of 50 vehicles at N100,000.”
The Director of Public Transportation and Commuter Service, Mr. Olubunmi Odukoya, said the terms of taxi operations were contained in the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, 2012, adding that subsequent regulations were approved and released in January 2016.
The director said the government would not be against any group that wants to be independent of existing franchise.
He added that such group must obtain franchise or join force with any of the nine already in existence. Odukoya insisted the regulation was in the overall interest of Lagosians.
He said such group must have a minimum of 50 and possess adequate insurance facilities for both vehicles and passengers alike.
“The vehicle must also not be older than 12 years at the time of registration with all safety gadgets available. The cost of getting franchise is N5m,” Odukoya said.
He noted that many people used their vehicles for kabukabu (illegal taxi service), saying the state government would soon begin to enforce the law against them.
He pointed out that the Lagos State Government had in April 2015 inaugurated a new scheme, which required all taxi operators to register their details with the government before operating in the state.
He added that the development was part of efforts to further improve the safety and security of commuters in Lagos.