3-year jail term awaits one-way traffic offenders in Lagos

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Lagos State House of Assembly has passed a
bill for a law to repeal and re-enact the road
traffic law and to make provisions for road
traffic and vehicle inspection in Lagos into
law for Governor Babatunde Fashola’s assent.
The new amended traffic law which was
passed last Thursday, stipulates that driving
in a direction prohibited by the road traffic
law, that is driving against traffic,
popularly known as one way driving now
attracts a 3-year jail term, while a first
offender gets one year term and the vehicle
forfeited to the state government.
Also, bullion vans are not exempted from the
law as any bullion van driven in a direction
prohibited by the road traffic law will be
forfeited, while abandoned vehicle on
highway will be fined N50,000.00 or three
years imprisonment, or both fine and
imprisonment.
The bill which emanated from the executive
arm is aimed at regulating vehicular movement
and to impose sanctions on any erring vehicle
operator in the state.
Lawmakers had carefully examined the bill
in June during a public hearing where all
stakeholders were invited and their input and
memoranda were considered at the committee
stage.
According to schedule (1) section (2) of
traffic offences and penalties it stated that
riding a motor-cycle against traffic and
riding on the kerb, median or road setbacks,
1st time offender will attract N20,000.00,
subsequent offender N30,000.00 or the rider’s
motor-cycle will be impounded.
Smoking while driving will attract
N20,000.00, failure to give way to traffic on
the left at a roundabout N20,000.00,
disobeying traffic control will be
N20,000.00 violation of route by commercial
vehicles will attract N20,000.00. Riding
motor-cycle without crash helmet for rider
and passenger will attract N20,000: 00 or
3years imprisonment or both.
The law also prohibited under aged person,
under 18yrs old, riding a motorcycle with
fine of N20,000.00.
Operating a motor-cycle in a restricted area on
or prohibited route will be fined N20,000.00
or his motor-cycle impounded.
In schedule II, section (4) or prohibited route
for motorcycle and tricycle on major
highways in Lagos. The highways are Lagos
Ibadan expressway, Apapa Oshodi,
Oworonshoki, Lagos Ikorodu, Lagos-
Abeokuta, Babangida Boulevarde way, others
are Eti-Osa Lekki Epe expressway, Funsho
Williams Avenue, Agege motor road and Eti-
Osa Lekki coastal road.
Section (4) of the bill stipulates vehicle
inspection offences and penalties which
includes driving without valid driver’s
license. Such offender would have his vehicle
impounded. Learner driver without permit will
attract N20,000.00, driving with fake number
plate 1st offender N20,000.00 and 6 months
imprisonment or both. Fashola is expected to
sign the bill into law soon.
Vanguard Nigeria

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