By Gboyega Oni
Shipping companies have been directed by the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) to house all their empty trucks at their holding bays outside the port from November 23, 2017 pending the time for vessel loading.
This was contained in a press release issued and signed by Abdullahi Goje, General Manager, Corporate and Strategic Communications of the Nigerian Ports Authority and which was made available to PortNewsNigeria.
This directive was one of the decisionstaken at a consultation by NPA with major stakeholders on the critical steps towards easing heavy traffic on the port acess roads in Apapa, Lagos.
According to NPA, all trucks milling around in search of customers within the port area would be impounded by the inter-agency Traffic Management/Enforcement Team set up to enforce the directives.
As part of the commitment to the decongestion of traffic in the Apapa area, NPA said it would advertise for the licensing of trailer parks as a way of creating holding bay facilities for truckers.
“NPA will deploy an effective call-up system which will link the Port gate with the trailer parks facility and as such, trucks will only be called up at the appropriate time.
“Trucks called up to access the port must maintain a single lane profile as designated by new Traffic Management/Enforcement Team, comprising The Nigerian Police, Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Lagos State Transport Management Agency (LASTMA), the Nigerian Navy, the National Civil Defence Corps and NPA Security,” said the release.