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Illegal parks: KWARTMA impounds 171 vehicles, motorcycles in Ilorin



About 171 vehicles, tricycles and motorcycles have been impounded in the ongoing measures to rid Ilorin, the Kwara capital of illegal motor parks and encroachment on the road setbacks.

The affected vehicles and the cycles, Nigeria News Agency learnt were apprehended in different parts of the state capital.

Speaking with NAN on Thursday in Ilorin, the Chief Executive Officer, Kwara State Road Traffic Management Authority (KWARTMA), Mr Yekini Bello, said all the mobilities were impounded on the first week of the enforcement exercise against the encroachment on road setbacks.

He disclosed that the crack down would be a continuous exercise, noting that his officers embarked on the enforcement after series of enlightenment campaigns have been held to keep residents abreast of the government’s plan to decongest road setbacks.

The KWARTMA boss asserted that operators of illegal parks had been relocated to the state bus terminus at the Post-Office area to ensure free flow of vehicles.

He, however regretted that some transporters planned to discredit the state government over the relocation on the guise that the facility could not contain them.

This, he said, the authority had addressed by rearranging the available space to their satisfaction.

According to him, the enforcement had reduced number of hours motorists and other road users spend on the roads.

“When we started, we sensitized the people that we will commence the enforcement on February 1.

“We told the recalcitrant ones that this exercise, this time, is serious. That from Monday, if you disobey, we are enforcing the law and you will pay penalty for it.

“We expected everything to have taken off smoothly on Monday, when some people came just to discredit the state government that the designated place cannot accommodate them.

“So far, so good, we have apprehended about 171 vehicles, motorcycles and tricycles; about 75 motor vehicles, 70 tricycles and 26 motorcycles during the first week of enforcement.

“It’s going to be a continuous exercise. I expect the number to be dropping because of the compliance, while I don’t expect to apprehend as much as that number we apprehended in the first week of the enforcement.

“The penalty for defaulters depends on the degree of the offence; it is stipulated in our law.

“It could be N2,000 or N5,000. Once we apprehend you, we bring it down. We fine you and once you pay, you are issued with receipt.

“Once that is done, you take your vehicle away,” KWARTMA boss said.

He advised the people to obey traffic rules and regulations, saying that obedience to the law would make environment better for the residents.

Edited By: Remi Koleoso/Felix Ajide

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