The Lagos State Government, yesterday, said it would in the course of time phase out the use of the popular yellow buses, also known as “Danfos” as well as other rickety buses on roads in the state.
Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Dayo Mobereola disclosed this yesterday at the 2016 ministerial Press briefing in commemoration of the first year in office of the State Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode, in Alausa, Ikeja.
Dr. Mobereola said that of the 1, 023,812 vehicles inspected by the state transport enforcement agencies between May, 2015 and April 2016, 181, 986 were impounded or fined for violating the State Road Traffic Law 2012.
Worried about the number of rickety buses plying the state roads, the commissioner said that plans have been concluded to professionalize and re-brand public transport system in Lagos State.
The plans according to Mobereola, will see the systematic phasing out of the current 14-seater Danfo and replace them with 30-seater vehicles with air conditioners.
He stated that the re-branding would also include introduction of new number plates, colour uniformity and body tags for all public transportation to ensure a more secured, safe and comfortable system that befits a mega-city.
Dr. Mobereola explained that the transformation was to encourage people to use the public transportation system and leave their private cars at home, as this would help decongest the traffic on the roads.
In a similar development, the Lagos State Government has released a timetable for the completion of the Lagos Light Rail project, spanning from Mile 2 through the National Theatre to Marina in Lagos.
Determined to address the transportation challenges being faced by residents of the state, Dr. Mobereola disclosed that the Lagos Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (LAMATA) has prosecuted the Lagos Light Rail Project to a certain level.