The Lagos State Government has reversed the directives to filling stations on major roads across the state.
A statement by the State Commissioner for Transportation, Lagos State, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, said the reversal followed the reactions generated by its directive to major and independent petroleum marketers operating on major roads.
Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu had on Thursday directed all major and independent petroleum marketers operating along major roads in the State to open between 9 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
According to the government, the measure was to stop the traffic congestion that has resulted from their activities; and not to compound the hardship motorists and commuters have experienced because of the lingering fuel shortage.
However, it said following assurances from some of the offending filling stations, the 9 am to 4 pm restriction will no longer be enforced.
“For the avoidance of doubt, filling stations are not restricted from doing their business, but fuel marketers have a responsibility to ensure that their activities do not cause any disruption whatsoever to traffic flow. It is against the law to impede the free flow of traffic on our roads.
“Traffic Management Agencies have been directed to invoke the law should any marketer be found to have allowed queues on its premises to spill onto major roads in a disorderly manner that impedes traffic flow,” said the statement.