DPR flays fuel tankers occupation of roads, depot operators’ disregard for regulations


The Department of Petroleum Resources (DPR) has disassociated itself from the continued illegal occupation of roads by tanker drivers in Apapa and its environs, adding that their license does not permit them to obstruct the roads, Vanguard reports.

Mr. Mordecai Ladan, DPR Director disclosed at the Department’s Annual General Meeting in Lagos yesterday that the vehicular gridlock in the Apapa depots should be a great concern to all stakeholders and all hands should be on the deck to tackle the challenges.

He indicated that besides inadequate infrastructure, the situation was greatly worsened as a result of depot operators disregard for laid-down rules and regulations. According to him, “The refusals of depot operators to abide by the laid-down rules have further complicated the problems.”

He reminded depot operators that part of the conditions of their licenses is that every depot should operate a holding bay, where trucks are required to park and wait until it is their turn to load at the depots. He also added that DPR was partnering with the Lagos State Government to tackle the challenges.