The Lagos State Government has commenced the issuance of a new free license to individual and corporate taxi operators, thereby making it an offence for unlicensed persons to operate taxi in the state.
Governor Babatunde Fashola, who launched the scheme in Ikeja, said the initiative would ensure that every taxi in the state have a unique identification number as a way of guaranteeing safety and security of commuters in line with international standard.
He explained that the license was made in the form of an instrument which would appreciate in value over time and enable the holder of the license to use it as security for loan or transfer in a will.
Governor Fashola said the intervention of the government in the transportation sector is to drive the growth of tourism in the State.
Meanwhile, another set of traffic signs has been introduced in the state to ensure sanity on the roads.
Governor Fashola said the “No Horn” signs which would be placed in strategic areas of the state such as roads where there are hospitals, schools, libraries, zebra crossings, court environment and the State Secretariat, Alausa would make it a traffic offence to blare the horn in those areas except in cases of emergency.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa said the new traffic signs were the outcome of the success of the “No Horn Day” marked in the state last year.
Radio Nigeria Correspondent reports that hundreds of taxi owners and drivers lauded the initiatives of the government in the transport sector in the state.