Traffic Offences: Lagos begins prosecution of erring motorists, forfeiture of vehicles

*The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) says it has started arresting and prosecuting drivers of vehicles impounded for plying ‘one way’ and forfeiture of such vehicles to the Lagos State Government

Emmanuel Akosile | ConsumerConnect

For vehicles driving against traffic in the metropolis, the operatives of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Taskforce) says it has commenced the arrest and prosecution of drivers of vehicles impounded for plying ‘one way’ besides the forfeiture of such vehicles to the Lagos State Government.

ConsumerConnect reports the regulatory agency said that it confiscated 10 vehicles Friday night along the Murtala Muhammed International Airport (MMIA) Road, in Ikeja, for the same offence.

Some impounded vehicles in Lagos   File Photo

Femi Moliki, Spokesperson of the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit, in a statement noted that luck ran against the offenders when CSP Shola Jejeloye, Chairman of the state’s Taskforce Unit, was leading his team on a routine enforcement of traffic law in the metropolis and ran into some of the vehicles driving against traffic on Airport Road.

The statement said further waiting in the area by the team led to the seizure of more vehicles totalling 10 in the process.

The impounded vehicles are with the following registration: Sinotruck (LND 26 XW), Toyota Corolla (BDG 935 FY), A─Zebra (AGL 18 AH), Ford Limited (PF 3622 SPY), Toyota Matrix (KSF 15 DS), Highlander (LSD 01 GR), Toyota Hiace (GGE 506 XZ), Mini Bus (BDG 484 TC), Toyota Hilux (KJA 392 XT) and Toyota Hilux (AAA 987 ET).

Expressing surprise about the unending attitude of some motorists still driving against the traffic in view of the impoundment and auction policy of the State Government, Jejeloye noted that, “forthwith, Taskforce would start prosecuting drivers of vehicles impounded for one way”.

The agency stressed that it is appalling to know despite the seizure of vehicles and auctioning them after obtaining court order, a lot of motorists still drive against traffic.

The Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit stated that it would implement the Traffic Law on driving against the traffic completely.

It has become necessary to forthwith begin the arrest and prosecution of drivers of vehicles impounded for driving against traffic because of the unyielding stance of many motorists still caught in the act.

According to agency, the Lagos State Law provides for a year imprisonment for a driver of vehicle impounded for one way as well as forfeiture of such vehicle.

Jejeloye further noted that “it is disturbing that you still find many highly enlightened motorists driving against traffic just like the uneducated ones.

“In view of the fact that a lot of lives have been cut short by vehicles driving against traffic, many motorists are still in the habit of driving against the traffic, putting pedestrains and other road users lives in danger.”

The agency would step up efforts to ensure that perpetrators are made to face justice, adding that, no one would be spared in enforcing the law forthwith, said the Spokesman.

ConsumerConnect reports the Lagos State Traffic Law stipulates forfeiture of vehicle for driving against traffic along with a year imprisonment for a first offender; three years imprisonment, and forfeiture of the vehicle to the state but capturing of data and biometrics for 2nd and subsequent offence.

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