Oyo State Government on Monday said it had begun the enforcement of law against overloading for commercial cyclists and motorists in the state.
The Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Akin Fagbemi, who disclosed this at a press briefing in Ibadan, said commercial motor drivers with more than one passenger on the front seat as well as motorcyclists with more than one passenger would be arrested and prosecuted for violation of Oyo State Road Traffic Law.
The chairman, who added that motorcyclists were to take a passenger with compulsory use of crash helmet, noted that the law became necessary following the recent rise in the number of accidents caused by overloading.
He maintained that the state government was ready to “put any offender caught violating the law through the legal process to serve as deterrence for others.”
“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 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,” Fagbenro said.