Motor Dealers Association of Nigeria, Ogun State Chapter has been warned to desist from displaying their vehicles on highways and walkways as it affect free flow of traffic and cause road hazards.
Commander, State Traffic Compliance and Enforcement Agency (TRACE), Seni Ogunyemi, who gave the warning while addressing car dealers at his office in Abeokuta, said the action was capable of causing discomfort to both motorists and pedestrians.
Seni said indiscriminate display of vehicles on the roads side and walkways often block the free flow of traffic and expose pedestrians to road hazards, enjoining them to work towards securing a strategic location that would be conducive for their business.
‘’We do not want you to display your vehicles on the highways and walkways. If you want to do your car trading, you have to do feasibility study of your environment, the customers and your capital. I have used my office before to clamour for a space for you at the Trade Fair Ground, but unfortunately, none of you turned up there. Hopefully, TRACE can help you get another portion of land for your collective use, but not on individual basis.’’ Ogunyemi noted.
The TRACE boss bemoaned the high rate of indiscipline on the road and incessant violations of traffic rules and regulations by both dealers and the general public, cautioning citizens to always obey traffic rules as the infrastructural development being experience in the State was to ease traffic and make life more meaningful.
The Chairman of the Association, Mr Dimeji Sonde, said the main challenge confronting the association was getting good location and space to transact business in the State, requesting for government intervention in this regard.
‘’There are people who are going against the rules and regulations of our association. Some are not dealers, but enjoying the benefits we enjoy, these set of people, however will not adhere to our laid down rules. We will like the Corps to enforce the law on these erring citizens. We will also like you to help us appeal to the State government to provide a conducive environment for us to transact our business,’’ Sonde submitted.