Lagos State passes new traffic laws – 3 year jail term or N50,000 fine for driving in prohibited directions.
A new traffic law is currently in the works as a Bill which provides for N50,000 fines and three year jail terms for motorists found guilty of driving in prohibited directions (such as against traffic on one way streets) has been passed by the Lagos State House of Assembly after the the House repealed and re – enacted the road traffic law.
The Bill is currently before Governor Babatunde Fashola for his assent.
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 stipulates that bullion vans driving in a direction prohibited by the road traffic law will be forfeited to the state government while vehicles abandoned on highways will be fined N50,000.
According to the bill, riding a motor-cycle (popularly referred to as Okada) against traffic, riding on the kerb, riding on the median or road setbacks; will earn a first time offender a N20,000 fine while subsequent offences will earn violators a fine of N30,000 or the riders motorcycle will be impounded.
Interesting! I’d like to see how this plays out.