Expert lauds ban on truck movement by day

 A Marine Engineer, Capt. Peter Onwordi, on Thursday said the ban on movement of trucks during the day within the Lagos metropolis was a welcome development.

Onwordi made the remark in an interview in Lagos.

He said the action, if sustained, would save road users from many dangers.

The mariner suggested that other modes of moving containers from the ports to various locations across the nation should be adopted.

``Taking trucks out of the roads at day time will bring sanity to our highways. 

``Rails should move cargo out of ports to Ikorodu axis; to the Northern part, while smaller vessels should be used to carry cargo to Igbokoda-Ore axis and the Eastern parts. 

``This will stop the avoidable loss of lives and damages to highways made for light vehicles,’’ he said.

The marine engineer advised that government should engage indigenous ship owners and railway managers for better haulage systems.

Meanwhile, the Association of Maritime Truck Owners (AMATO) said it would not resume its operations at the ports until issues surrounding the ban on movement of trucks during the day were addressed.

NAN reports that the Lagos State Government at the weekend directed that articulated trucks should henceforth move only between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m.

This policy came on the heels of a recent accident where a loaded container truck fell off the Ojuelegba bridge killing three occupants of a car.