Towards improving parking culture across the state, the Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) has announced plans to commence full implementation of parking policies from the second quarter of 2023.
The General Manager, Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Mrs Adebisi Adelabu, made the disclosure in a media briefing held in in Lagos on Thursday.
Reeling out the mandate, functions and strategies of the Authority, Adelabu said that the Lagos State Governor, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu had given an approval to creating a well coordinated parking management system for Lagos.
To this end, according to her, LASPA is assisting Lagos residents to be mindful of parking their vehicles appropriately as this would impact positively on the environment and Lagos roads.
“The Lagos State Parking Authority,” Adelabu stated, “is an Agency of Government created by law, under the leadership of Governor Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, with the core mandate to regulate and manage all forms of Parking, register existing private, public parks and holistically tackle the menace of parking.
“There was need for our establishment to regulate parking because, we have Vehicle Inspection Authority (VIS), the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) but parking is essential to tackle traffic congestion.
“If one really wants to address traffic challenges, we need to start from parking problem and that is why LASPA was established.
“We are working with the Local Government to achieve their mandate in terms of parking.”
She said that the agency was not a revenue generating agency adding that people had been paying for parking since time in memorial in Lagos while nobody knows who they paid to, as it is in the norm in Lagos for anyone to collect money.
The LASPA boss said that Government believed it was important to put a fate to unauthorized collection of parking fees adding there was need to change the habit of parking cars around in Lagos.
She said that LASG was working towards decongesting gridlock on Lagos road by investing on multi-modal transportation saying that LASPA was created to assist Lagos resident to consider factors attached to parking cars.
Adelabu said LASPA was established in 2021 and had been taking time to sensitize Lagos residents with various means of communications till the second quarter of 2023 before they begun operations.
She said that there would be penalty for any offenders when they commence operations, the Lagos State Government would be creating employment directly with the operation and involvement of concessionaire.
Adebule said that over six concessionaire had been awarded to create a parking place around Ikeja, Surulere, Apapa etc, adding that there would be a certain place where one could park within slated period of time.
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