Nigeria’s business capital, Lagos, plans to ban motorbike and tricycle taxis – the city’s most common forms of transport – from its major roads.
The Lagos state government said the ban was as a result of deaths and disorderliness caused by motorbike taxis, locally referred to as “okadas”, and motorized tricycle taxis, known as “keke”.
It will take effect on 1 February and will be enforced on all major highways and bridges. It will be extended to other areas after an impact assessment is done.
City official Gbenga Omotoso is quoted by local media as saying these vehicles will not be allowed in these areas of the city: Ikeja, Lagos Mainland, Lagos Island, Apapa, Surulere, and Eti Osa.
Nigerians online have protested about the ban, with some saying motorbike taxis help them beat the city’s notorious traffic jams.
One singer tweeted that using an okada had saved him from missing several shows and flights:
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