The General Manager of Lagos State Parking Authority (LASPA) Mrs. Adebisi Adelabu, said the agency is set to start the full implementation of its policies in the second quarter of 2023 to improve parking culture in Lagos state. She said this in a briefing over the weekend as she read out the mandate, functions and strategies of the authority in Lagos.
According to her, LASPA was initially set up to assist Lagos residents to be mindful of how they park their vehicles, as parking appropriately will impact positively on the environment and Lagos road. In addition, she said that the agency was not a revenue generating agency, because people had been paying for parking in Lagos without knowing who they were paying to.
According to Mrs. Adelabu, Lagos State government is working towards decongesting gridlock on roads by investing in multimodal transportation.
Her words: “The Lagos State Parking Authority 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 a 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 the parking problem and that is why LASPA was established. We are working with Local Councils to achieve their mandate in terms of parking.”