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Mile 2: Motorists express worry over indiscriminate parking by truckers



Some motorists along Mile 2 — Orile-Iganmu axis in Lagos on Wednesday expressed worry over indiscriminate parking of trucks, saying the development was exposing other road users to danger.


The motorists, who spoke with the Nigeria News Agency in separate interviews, linked the persistent traffic jam and accidents along the route to the indiscriminate parking by the truck drivers.


“It’s becoming unbearable having these heavy-duty vehicles here. I tried as much as possible to leave my house at Ejigbo around 7 a.m. to beat traffic, but I still got stuck between Mile 2 and Orile-Iganmu area due to the way and manner the truckers reduced the road to one lane.


“Before I get to my shop, I would have seen more than 300 trucks parked along the road. We want the Lagos State Government to do something urgently about this,’’ Mr Joe Lekan, a businessman said.


Mrs Adaeze Chimezie, a civil servant, said, “it’s very risky having non-moving heavy-duty vehicles along the road, especially those parking permanently on bridge, due to the heaviness of the trucks.


“Government needs to stop the parking of the trucks on bridges in order to prevent unforeseen eventualities and build a permanent parking site elsewhere for them so that we can save lives, reduce traffic jam and accidents.’’


Another motorist, Mr Segun Fatai, also called on government to put a stop to parking of heavy-duty vehicles along the road and on the bridges.


A truck driver, Mr Samuel Waheed, told NAN that most of the trucks seen along the road were on the queue on their way to the ports.


He said that most of them were facing different terminals to off-load their empty containers.


“Why most of us park our trucks on the road is either because we want to off-load or we want to rest. We do off-loading at Port and Cargo or T.I.T.C Apapa Tincan Island Terminal.


“If the government can provide an alternative parking place that is affordable, somewhere better than that of Orile-Iganmu Tanker Terminal, we can gladly move in there,” he said.


The federal government, working with the state government, had, in the past, set up a task force to clear the bridges in Lagos of  parked trucks.


Months after, the trucks are, however, back on several bridges in the city.


(Edited by Abdullahi Mohammed/Oluwole Sogunle (NAN))

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