As Lagos State Government marks the first horn-free-day today, the state government has deployed 1,000 officers of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority ( LASTMA) and the Vehicles Inspection Service (VIS), to monitor motorists’ compliance.
On the newly introduced horn-free day, all motorists plying routes in the state are not expected to horn, while driving throughout the day.
In the last two months, lots of sensitisation had been done on the need to observe the horn-free day today in a bid to checkmate excess noise in the environment.
Already, the leadership of the National Union of Road Transport Workers (NURTW), has been sensitised and they have in turn sensitised and directed members to abide by the horn-free day and to ensure that they do not horn throughout the day.
The union had printed banners, which were displayed in strategic places for members to and be reminded not to horn. Jingles and sensitisation in the media have been ongoing in addition to advocacy visits and partnership with organisations.
Speaking to journalists, the state Commissioner for Transport, Comrade Kayode Opeifa, said all was set for the first exercise as lots of sensitisation and advocacy had been carried out and traffic officials mobilised throughout Lagos metropolis.
“What we want members of the public to do on their own part is to avoid the use of the horn, siren as much as they can. What we want them to do is to be tolerant, cautious, patient and be road users friendly and obey traffic rules and regulations. By the time they do all these, they will have done all that we want them to do.
“There will be 1,000 LASTMA and Vehicle Inspection Personnel on the road monitoring the horn. They will have a paper and take record of the horn each person makes per day while driving and that will give us the level of effect on whether it has reduce or not,” he said.
Opeifa was optimistic that commercial vehicle owners would comply with the horn-free day as they had been carried along through sensitisation and other means.