In 2017, Lagos State Government released hundreds of routes where motorcycles and tricycles (aka Okada and Keke) are banned.
The list includes major highways, bridges, etc in Lagos state.
This decision was due to an outrage as a result of the menace of commercial motorcycles popularly referred to as “Okada’’ and their involvement in the number of traffic fatalities,
For instance in 2013, NAN investigations revealed that Lagos recorded 13,398 road accidents with deaths from motorcycle-related accidents accounting for 148.
Okada recorded 6,131 accidents in 15 months between 2013 and 2015.
Hundreds of users who survived the crashes were either maimed or left with permanent disabilities.
Some had been bedridden for several years or months at the National Orthopaedic Hospital, Igbobi in Lagos, a facility for the treatment bone diseases and victims of automobile and motorcycles accidents.
According to a report by NAN, in 2013, there were 452 motorcycle accidents in the state involving 273 males and 179 females.
It also shows that in 2014, there were 291 motorcycle accidents that involved 168 males and 123 females.
Comparatively between 2013 and 2014, the rate of motorcycle accidents reduced by 35.6 per cent following a partial ban slammed on the operators by the Babatunde Fashola administration after signing into law the State Traffic Bill on Aug. 2, 2012.
All these informed Ambode’s decision to effect the ban of Okada on major highways, bridges and roads.
However, recently, there appears to be a return of Okada activities on major roads, highways and bridges in Lagos.
Or has the ban on Okada activities been lifted?