Police, LASTMA, FRSC turn Lagos bus stops to junkyards for impounded vehicles


The Police and other agencies have turned some bus stops in Lagos to a junkyard for seized vehicles, creating traffic jams. Check more details here!

The Police, LASTMA and FRSC command have been accused of turning some Lagos bus stops into junkyards for vehicles they impounded from motorists, thereby creating problems and severe traffic jams for motorists and commuters.

One of the bus stops is the Iponri bus stop, Surulere. Reports reaching Naijacarnews says the motorists that ply both sides of the road where the bus stop is sited encounter difficulties due to the demobilized vehicles parked at the bus stop by these agencies.

A section of the bus stop is used by the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority to park seized cars while another section was taken by FRSC and Iponri police station at Lagos Mainland to park impounded vehicles too.

An inspection carried out confirmed that most of the vehicles there, with deflated tyres, have been parked there for years and each day, vehicles are being added to the already impounded ones. A situation which now makes it impossible for the bus stop to be used by motorists to either pick up passengers or drop them off.

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The impounded vehicles parked by the police at the bus stop creates a traffic jam for motorists 

Reports also said that the two-lane road has now been narrowed to a single lane, thus, worsening the traffic that builds up in the morning rush at Costain bus stop.

A similar situation is also playing out at the Police station that's located at Bode-Thomas Street, Surulere. Some motorists who expressed their concerns about the current development complained that the agencies were creating traffic problems which they are charged to prevent.

Speaking to newsmen, one of the motorists identified as Mr. Ayo Adesina said,

"If any vehicle is impounded for flouting traffic rules or any driver has a question to answer with LASTMA, it should not be on the road. It will hinder other users’ right to use the roads.

If they (LASTMA) don’t have a place to park vehicles impounded for various offences, they should take fines and allow the offenders to go, instead of impeding traffic flow on Lagos roads."

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Jane Osuagwu