Nigeria's commercial hub bans motorcycle taxis, leaving commuters stranded

Commercial tricycles popularly known as Keke Napep are now restricted from major hubs in Lagos, including Ikeja, the state capital.

Lagos, Nigeria (CNN)Police and motorcycle riders have clashed in parts of Lagos, Nigeria's commercial hub, following a controversial ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles in major parts of the state.

Eyewitness reports said police fired teargas into the air to disperse protesters.
Lagos state police spokesman Bala Elkana confirmed that police fired teargas as drivers protested in the Ijora, Apapa district of the city. He said the protest was violent and the drivers burned tires and attacked people passing by.
    "Police was deployed there and they were able to provide calm. There has been no record of anyone dying," Elkana told CNN.
    The ban on commercial motorcycles and tricycles in the city went into effect February 1 and prohibits drivers of those vehicles from using a number of major routes in the city, which has a population of more than 20 million.
    Non-commercial motorbikes are also banned in those areas. Only company delivery bikes are allowed.
    Commuters were left stranded over the weekend and during Monday's rush hour as they struggled to get onto packed public transport. Other people who were stuck on in the legendary Lagos "go slow" for hours trying to get to work shared their stories on social media.
    Commercial motorcycles have become a popular way to avoid congested Lagos roads in recent years. It has become a boom industry with a rise in the number of motorcycle-hailing startups like, ORide (a subsidiary of Chinese backed OPay) and Gokada.
    Commerical motorcycles in Lagos are now banned from riding in major parts of the city
    Lagos is the third most stressful city in the world to live in, according to Zipjet. And local media says commuters in the city spend an average of 30 hours a week stuck in traffic.
    Motorcycle-hailing startups have become attractive alternatives because bikes can easily cut through gridlock, unlike other vehicles.
    Employees in Lagos are stressed, burned out and exhausted because of 'hellish traffic'