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LAGOS: Govt warns residents against patronising unlicensed e-hailing operators

THE state government warned residents against patronizing unlicensed e-hailing operators within the state as they pose security threats to safety of lives and property.

Disclosing this in a statement today, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde stated that the state government has observed high levels of non-compliance by some unlicensed operators who flagrantly violate the guidelines developed to regulate their activities.

Expressing the state government’s displeasure over the refusal of the App owners and partners (drivers) to comply with the law guiding their operation in the wake of criminal activities in the state, the commissioner stated that the non-compliance is going on despite the state government has held series of meetings geared towards compliance with the regulations guiding e-hailing operation within the metropolis.

Oladeinde implored residents to ensure that they patronized only the licensed operators as many of the unauthorised operators do not have traceable operational base within the state in case of emergencies or safety concerns.

Highlighting the importance of safety of lives and property in the metropolis, he declared that only eight out of the several e-hailing operators are registered and recognized by the state government.

He listed Lagos Ride, Uber, Bolt, Let Me Run, Global Taxi, Zoom Run, Treepz (Plenty Waka) and Shuttlers as the lawful e-hailing operators recognized and licensed to operate in Lagos by the state government.

While assuring that the state government will soon commence clampdown on the violating operators, he enjoined the citizenry to collaborate by reporting any e-hailing operators different from the ones listed above to the State Ministry of Transportation, Alausa, Ikeja or call 08034545123.

He maintained that the state government will not relent in its effort to make the state safe for all.

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