The Lagos State government has announced that it has seized, among others, 20 UBER cars in the past week over expired licenses and other various offenses.
In a statement released on its social media page, the government reacted to the report on an alleged N110,000 operational fee charged by the government before any UBER driver can operate within the state. The report, according to the statement, is false and should be disregarded.
Read Full Statement below:
The Lagos State Government has debunked the rumour that it is clamping down on Uber operators who seem to have resorted to blackmail by attempting to discredit Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) officials to gain public sympathy
The Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) is performing its statutory duty of facilitating compliance with the Road Traffic Laws by ensuring motorists possess the stipulated vehicle documents such as Roadworthiness, Vehicle Licence, Drivers Licence, Insurance Certificate, Hackney Permit and the Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI) card for all categories of commercial commuter vehicles
The allegation by Uber Operators, especially on the social media, that the State Government was demanding for N110,000 operational licence fees from their members before they could operate in the State is totally untrue, unsubstantiated and a ploy to win public sympathy
In the last three weeks, the Vehicle Inspection Services has apprehended close to 1,000 vehicles for various offences, ranging from non-possession of valid drivers’ licence to driving with expired vehicle particulars. Twenty Uber vehicles are among those impounded
Uber operators are out to make mischief as they would not tell the public that their members whose vehicles were apprehended contravened one law or the other. No operator has a right to drive around without a driver’s licence
When such an erring operator who plies Lagos roads with expired vehicle particulars is exposed by the Automated Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) machines and his vehicle is impounded, he does not need to resort to blackmail or seek public sympathy
Commercial vehicles with valid documents should go about their normal operations without any fear. Those with incomplete or expired documentation should validate their papers as the government will continue to apprehend all violators of the law
The Lagos State Government has debunked the rumour that it is clamping down on Uber operators who seem to have resorted to blackmail by attempting to discredit Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) officials to gain public sympathy @jidesanwoolu @dr_oladeinde #LASG #ForAGreaterLagos pic.twitter.com/gRdK4WzTpz
— The Lagos State Govt (@followlasg) February 17, 2020