Daily Trust (Abuja)

14 July 2012

Nigeria: Lagos Traffic Offenders to Pay N50,000

Lagos — Motorists that drive on one-way traffic in Lagos will pay a fine of N50, 000 or serve three year jail term as a bill to that effect has been passed by Lagos State House of Assembly.

The bill, which is now before the governor Babatunde Fashola for his assent, was passed yesterday. The house repealed and re-enacted the road traffic law and make provisions for road traffic and vehicle inspection in Lagos into law.

The new amended traffic law stipulates that driving in a direction prohibited by the road traffic law will attract a fine of N50, 000 or three year jail term or both, while a first offender gets one year term.

The bill also stipulated that bullion van that drives driving in a direction prohibited by the road traffic law will be forfeited to the state government while vehicles abandoned on highway will be fined N50,000.

According to schedule (1) section (2) of traffic offences and penalties as stated in the bill, riding a motor-cycle popularly referred to as Okada by Lagosians against traffic, riding on the kerb, median or road setbacks, first time offender will paid N20,000 fine while subsequent offender will pay a fine of N30,000 or the riders motorcycle be impounded. Operating a motor-cycle in a restricted area on or prohibited route attracts N20, 000 fine or the motor-cycle impounded.

Schedule II, section (4) of the bill listed prohibited route for motorcycle and tricycle on major highway in Lagos. The highways are Lagos- Ibadan expressway, Apapa- Oshodi- Oworonshoki, Lagos- Ikorodu Road, Lagos--Abeokuta Expressway, Eti-Osa- Lekki- Epe expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue, Agege Motor Road

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