By; BAYO AKAMO , Ibadan
The Director, Administrative and Supply, of the Oyo State Road Traffic Management Authority (OYRTMA), Mr Tunde Aiki yesterday disclosed that about 395 vehicles and 60 motorcycles were Impounded by the agency since January , this year.
Mr Aiki stated this in an interview after one of the agency’s operations around Agodi-Gate area, Ibadan during which the agency’s officials arrest traffic law offenders even while it rained.
He stressed that OYRTMA is shaddled with the responsibility of maintaining the State’s road traffic laws as well as maintaining orderliness and control in the road traffic system of the state.
According to Mr Aiki, the existence of the agency was not to generate revenue for the government through collection of fines from traffic law offenders as most people believed, but to increase the compliance level of road users to traffic laws.
“We have discovered that more commercial road users violates basic traffic laws, especially those who do not make use of the designated bus stops as their pick up or drop off points for passengers and offences committed by private motorists are more grievous which include leaving one’s lane to face an oncoming vehicle and parking inappropriately on the road.” he said.
Mr Aiki added, “we want to appeal to pedestrians and motorists to always take into consideration the safety of other road users as well as acquaint themselves with the traffic laws of the state.”
However, during the operation, some of the road users lauded the agency for their efforts in ensuring a traffic friendly environment in the state but however called on the government to create more motor parks for both commercial and private users.