[dropcap]T[/dropcap]he Lagos State Government commenced issuance of provisional Taxi License Allocation Letter and badge to operators in the State effective from today (Tuesday, 31st March, 2015) at Adeyemi Bero Auditorium, Alausa, Ikeja.
As contained in a release signed by Lagos State Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, the provisional allocation letter is being issued only to taxi cab operators who had earlier accredited with the State Government through the Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) offices and captured on the data base of the Lagos State Public Transport Management System.
According to Mr. Opeifa, issuance of the allocation letter is in line with the agreement reached by the taxi cab operators in the State with Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola, SAN during a stakeholder meeting held at the Blue Roof, LTV on Thursday 26th February, 2015.
“The provisional allocation letter will enable the taxi cab operators be fully integrated with the New Lagos Taxi System via the collection of the OK paper from the VIS following which a Permanent Taxi Cab License would be issued”, he explained, adding, “It would further enable the State Government pursue the transformation in the public transport industry, enhance professionalism, ensures standard and safety of life of the people.”
With the commencement of the New Lagos Taxi System, only License holders will be able to operate taxi cab business in Lagos.