Apapa Gridlock: Truck Owners Kick As LASTMA Begins Towing of Abandoned Trucks On Port Access

By DAPO OLAWUNI

Maritime truckers under the aegis of Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) have alleged that the Lagos State Government Task Team on Apapa gridlock were towing abandoned trucks indiscriminately and slamming outrageous charges on the owners.

In a six points communique issued at the end of a meeting held over the weekend, a copy of which was sent to DAILY TREND NEWS by the Chairman of AMATO, Chief Remi Ogungbemi, the truckers threatened to drag the Lagos Government to court if all negotiations fail.

The truckers resolved to send a delegate to dialogue with the Special Adviser to Lagos State Government on Transportation with a view of resolving the indiscriminate towing of trucks and slamming of outrageous fees on truckers by officials of Lagos State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) and other members of the task team.

“All maritime truckers have agreed to move away trucks from roads and bridges to their respective parks in order to allow “eto” automation system to seamlessly schedule, manage and control movement of all trucks from parks to the ports.

“That Truck and Transit Park Limited TTP should carry all garages along in the implementation of “eto” automation system of accessing port terminals”

“Truckers should sensitize their drivers on the dangers of drug abuse and allowing inexperience motor boys to drive truck into port terminals in order to reduce the rate of accidents involving trucks and terminal equipments in the yard”

“All the people that previously participated in various task force operations in Apapa/Tincan road axis must not form part of any “eto” implementation task force or committee”

“To engage service of private towing operators to handle towing members faulty trucks from the roads at an affordable rate” the communique read

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