Transport operators fear that the repercussions of the new transport policy in Abuja.
The Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, said it has planned out a new transportation policy to tackle the traffic challenges in the city.
The transportation policy, FCTA said, will help reduce accidents, tackle traffic chaos, enhance security and restore sanity on the major roads and interchanges in Abuja.
This was disclosed in a press statement released by Mohammed Sule, the Chief Press Secretary to the FCT, Abuja, minister.
Mr. Sule said the Senior Special Assistant to the Abuja Minister on Information Management Systems, Jamilah Tangaza, announced the newly planned transportation policy at a press conference held at the Headquarters of the FCT Administration.
Ms. Tangaza said the FCTA came up with the policy to sanitize the system and get Abuja working by the year 2020.
She called for total discipline among all road users saying the reason behind Abuja’s traffic challenges is as result of indiscipline, lack of commitment and unwillingness to change.
Ms. Tangaza explained that the measures entail a restriction of operations of mini-buses, popularly known as Araba, to certain routes and the high-capacity ones to other routes in the city.
She called for co-operation and understanding from the several transport unions and all road users, and said that no transport operator will suffer as they will not be stopped from plying the streets. Ms. Tangaza said the transport operators will only be restricted to certain areas of operation.
She enjoined the mini bus operators to desist from harassing or attacking high-capacity bus operators and users in their bid to prevent operations of high-capacity buses. She said such behaviour constitutes a criminal offence and offenders will be punished.
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