Petroleum Tankers Not Restricted By Lagos Govt, Says NUPENG

The tankers parked on the service  lane

The tankers parked on the service lane

THE National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) yesterday said petroleum tankers were not affected by the Lagos State Government daytime operational restriction.

Southwest Chairman of the union, Tokunbo Korodo, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos that the ban was to reduce incessant accident caused by articulated vehicles on Lagos roads and “had nothing to do with petroleum tankers.”

Korodo, who said petroleum tankers were not captured by the law, added that they could deliver products to any destination any time.

“We are aware of this directive by the Lagos State Government, but the law did not restrict our trucks.

“Tanker drivers can move at any time to deliver its products; we are not affected by the traffic law.

“You can see that our tankers are working all round the clock to lift petroleum products and deliver at designated filling stations nationwide,” he said.

The state government had on September 6 restricted the movement of heavy-duty vehicles within the metropolis to between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m., following the September 3 Ojuelegba trailer accident that claimed three lives.

The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation, Oluseyi Whenu, said the movement of articulated vehicles contravened Section 2 (i) and 2 (ii) of the Traffic Law and the government would henceforth impound vehicles and the owners fined whenever there was a breach of the restriction order.

Truck drivers, under the aegis of the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO), had threatened to withdraw their trucks from the road with immediate effect over the restriction directive.

Its Chairman, Remi Ogungbemi, said it was difficult for members to comply with the directive because the safety of trucks, drivers and the cargoes could not be guaranteed.

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