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Nigeria: Ban On Motorcycle Taxi In Parts Of Lagos

30
August
2010
  Posted at 08:00:00 AM
  File under  Travel
  Author: Mike Werner
  Location: Normandy, France
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The Okada Open link in a new window, a motorcycle taxi, in Lagos, Nigeria Click for map is a necessary evil. Having lived in Lagos myself, you know that to get through the incredible traffic jams, your only means of transportation is the okada, even when they ride over sidewalks, one-way streets, ignoring red lights, at least if you survive the trip, you know you'll get there more or less on time. But the mortality figures are incredibly high, so it looks like the local authorities are going to ban the motorcycle taxis from riding in their city (and thereby increasing their already traffic ensnared and polluted cities).

Nigeria Okada Motorcycle tax ban
© AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei
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Drivers and passengers of motorcycle taxis, popularly known as "okada," wait at a traffic light in Lagos. Beginning on September 1, entire swathes of the city will be out of bounds for motorcycles, and that has raised questions about how anyone will get anywhere even nearly on time due to the maddening traffic. (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)
Nigeria Okada Motorcycle tax ban
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Public transport motocyclists popularly known as okada compete with taxis on Lagos roads. New rules will prohibit them from carrying pregnant women or children. Authorities say they will be stopped from driving up the wrong way, and the roads they will be authorised to travel on will be sharply reduced (AFP/Pius Utomi Ekpei)


Via: News Yahoo & AFP



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