This was revealed in a statement made available by the Executive Chairman, Oyo State Road Transport Management Authority (OYRTMA), Dr. Akin Fagbemi today in Ibadan.
He said, “ We are aware of the massive exodus of affected motorcycle operators to Oyo State, which is anticipated, but I assure you, that OYRTMA is on top of its game”
“As we earnestly await the position of the State Government under the leadership of His Excellency, Governor Seyi Makinde on the proscription or otherwise of motorcycles within the major highways in the State, it is crucial we get ourselves prepared for what is to come“, he said.
He further revealed that, though the State is reputed for its hospitality, it however, would take proactive steps to stop any breach in the security of Oyo State or overstretching of the available infrastructure.
Dr. Fagbemi disclosed that OYRTMA has put in place measures to have a central database of all commercial cabs, tricycles and motorcycle operators within the State, so that the identity of all operators and their vehicles is known to Government.
Speaking further, The Executive Chairman revealed that, measures are at advanced stage to kick-start the routing of all commercial cabs, tricycles and motorcycles across the State. This, he said, would enable easy identification in cases of stolen vehicles/machines, road crashes and operational axis.
Similarly, Dr. Fagbemi said with the support of sister security agencies, OYRTMA would continue with its ‘Special Operation-one-Passenger’ (SOOP), which directs motorcycle operators within the State to carry only one passenger as against the common practice of two or more passengers.
The Statement added that the Operation, which started January, 2020, has brought to book with over two hundred offenders who are presently facing Mobile Magistrate Court for legal adjudication and sanctions, if found guilty.
He further urged, commercial cab drivers to desist from carrying more than a passenger on their front seats, while he also called on tricycle riders to stop carrying passengers on their front seats.
He stressed that, these measures are aimed at reducing road crashes and preserving lives and properties of the good people of Oyo State.