At least 50 trailers were on Thursday impounded by the Oyo State Road Transport Management Agency (OYRTMA) for parking illegally on Iwo Road, along the Lagos-Ibadan highway.
The OYRTMA team was led by the chairman of the agency, Akin Fagbemi, to carry out the operation.
Fagemi, who spoke with newsmen after the operation, said the action was aimed at sanitizing the state highways and ensuring a free flow of traffic.
It was gathered that several heavy-duty vehicles were indiscriminately parked along the road, causing huge obstruction to free vehicular movement along the corridor and paralyzing economic activities around the area.
The impounded trailers were taken to the agency’s headquarters at the State Secretariat in Agodi.
Fagbemi, who also addressed the drivers of the impounded vehicles, said the present administration in the state was not out to make life unbearable for the people but to do all within the ambit of the law to bring foreign investors to the state by creating enabling environment devoid of avoidable and perpetual traffic jams.
He said: “You may recall that we recently announced the approval by the governor for immediate use of a 250-trucks capacity parking space at our Sanyo operational centre.
“While frantic efforts are on to secure other parking spaces across the state, we implore all heavy-duty vehicle operators to utilize the available park and desist from indiscriminate parking on the highways as this is highly inimical to other road users as well as the fact that it cripples economic activities within the state.
“This operation is not to witch-hunt anybody. We are aware of the technical implications of the continuous parking of this heavy-duty vehicle whose imposing weights far supersedes that of the designed load-carrying capacity of the highways, thus destroying the roads by creating portholes at different sections of the highways.
“We, therefore, enjoin all trailer operators within the state to cooperate with the state government to achieve a free flow of traffic across the 33 local government areas of the state.”
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