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Lagos revamps taxi industry

19 December 2013, 17:51Henry Ifeanyi

Lagos - All taxis operating in Lagos State must be equipped with metres beginning next year.

The State Government said it had concluded plans to introduce such a system.

The State Commissioner of Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, disclosed such plans while unveiling the new Lagos State Transport Management System to stakeholders at Alausa in Ikeja.

The commissioner said with the new policy, every taxi in the state would have a metre that would determine the taxi fare.

He said that for the new system to work effectively, the state government had also concluded plans to commence a new registration exercise for all taxi operators in the state.

Opeifa noted that the exercise would not only help the system work well but also help the state check incidents of kidnapping which is often perpetrated by taxi drivers.

He noted that the new policy was designed to create more jobs and wealth across the strata of the state while assuring the safety and lives of residents.

The official said the exercise would create more than 100 000 jobs from taxi cars set to be registered.

According to Opeifa the state government has also finalized plan to build taxi parks at major interceptions in the state.

“There will also be taxi parks in front of all major hotel facilities. We are, also, talking to the management of the airport and seaport to allow taxi parks within their complexes,” he said.

It could not be ascertained when such systems would be put in place.

– CAJ News


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