In its continuous efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the Ogun State Government has warned that it would not hesitate to prosecute any erring transporter, found culpable of violating the laid down guidelines.
The Corps Commander and Chief Executive Officer of the Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Commander Olaseni Ogunyemi disclosed this while featuring on a television programme in Abeokuta.
Ogunyemi said henceforth the Corps would use mobile court to effect necessary disciplinary actions, stressing that any culprit charged by the court would be subjected to fines and community service, ranging from sweeping the street, washing drainages, among others.
He stated that commercial cars are expected to carry one passenger in the front and two at the back seat, while buses should convey a passenger to occupy the front seat and two passengers on each row of the remaining seat.
Ogunyemi added that motorcycle riders must not carry more than one passenger, while pregnant women are not allowed to board commercial motorcycles, saying TRACE has resolved to take the campaign to schools across the State.
“We have carefully mapped out these rules to guide against the spread of COVID-19. We are committed to the safety of road users and whatever that will protect human lives is our priority, therefore any transporter found to be going against the rules will face the wrath of the law”, he said.
Commander Ogunyemi urged TRACE operatives not to compromise the laid down rules, and avoid taking bribe, as such could be inimical to achieving desired results.