Sunday August 7th, 2011 – New Law: Anambra’s Commercial Drivers To Install Waste Basket in Vehicle
The state’s Ministry of Environment says the waste basket would prevent indiscriminate disposal by passengers
The Anambra Ministry of Environment, on Saturday, gave all commercial drivers in the state one week to install plastic waste baskets in their vehicles.
Dr Mike Egbebike, the Commissioner for Environment, gave the directive in Onitsha. He said that the baskets were needed to discourage commuters from throwing away refuse from the windows of vehicles; adding that the baskets would check people from waste indiscriminately.
Egbebike explained that polythene was the major material that blocked drainages and obstructed the free flow of water from the channel.
He said that environmental marshals would ensure compliance with the directive and called on drivers and their conductors to prevent their passengers from indiscriminate waste disposal.
The commissioner, however, warned that any passenger caught flouting the directive would be handed over to environmental marshals for appropriate disciplinary measure.
“After the week time limit, any commercial bus without a plastic waste basket, its driver would be prosecuted by an environmental mobile court,” he said. “The driver might be given the benefit of doubt, fined or imprisoned for violating an environment law. So it would never be business as usual.” News by Daily Times