The specific traffic challenges LAMATA was created to address
Traffic demand and supply
Immediately after the economic boom of the 1970s and early
1980s, adverse macro-economic conditions have reduced the
affordability of motor cars and passenger vehicles. Lagos has
therefore witnessed in the last one and a half decades a
phenomenal increase in passenger traffic and a paradoxical
reduction in the number and caliber of passenger vehicles.
Many of the observed shortcomings in the traffic system of Lagos
stem from management weaknesses. These include
the absence of a
well articulated and adopted policy and strategic framework for
the traffic management
duplication of institutional responsibilities among various
agencies at all levels of government
lack of inter-agency
coordination among these various bodies and
absence of standard
procedures for the technical and economic evaluation of
programmes and projects.
density and efficiency
The road network density of Lagos, put at 0.4 kilometres per
1000 population, is low, even by the standards of other African
cities. And the network’s efficiency is similarly low, with a
limited number of primary corridors carrying the bulk of the
traffic. Inadequately designed interchanges, where they exist at
all, provide only partial access to the primary network. Many
tertiary roads play the roles of secondary ones, few junctions
are signalised while poor drainage infrastructure combine with
drainage clogging with refuse to make roads impassable during
the rainy season.
Provision and control of parking is ad-hoc in nature while
demand in terms of space and time far outstrips supply.
Off-street parking spaces are few and the charges low, often
incommensurate with the duration. On-street parking is the
common feature even in the central business districts of Lagos
Island and Ikeja, and is virtually free.
This is a major concern as virtually all roads are unsafe in one
way or the other. Rudimentary driver training, poor driver
behaviour, unsafe vehicle conditions, uneven road conditions,
poor street lighting, lack of pedestrian facilities and poor
traffic enforcement all combine to produce an accident rate that
is probably among the highest in the world.