Legal Nigeria

Lagos vows to impound trailers

By Oluwole Farotimi
THE Lagos State Govern­ment has announced its de­termination to ensure strict enforcement of the Road Traffic Law 2012, restrict­ing trailers and long ve­hicles from plying the me­tropolis between the hours of 6a.m. and 9p.m.
The Permanent Secre­tary in the state Ministry of Transportation, Mr. Oluseyi Whenu, who spoke to jour­nalists at the weekend, on the backdrop of the fatal accident involving a trailer conveying a container on September 2, said the trailer contravened Section 2 (i) and 2 (ii) of the Traffic Law.
Whenu said the state government would hence­forth, go tough on any trailer and long vehicle that contra­venes the law, as such vehi­cle would be impounded and made to pay the stipulated fine.
Meanwhile, leaders of various transport unions and associations in the state rose from a meeting with officials of the state government at the weekend, with a resolve to support the new directive introduced in apprehending traffic offenders.
Speaking at the meeting, Whenu said LASTMA of­ficials had not been with­drawn from performing their statutory responsibilities on the road.
He said the new directive would place emphasis on ensuring flawless flow of traffic, while traffic offend­ers would now be booked and expected to pay their fines within the stipulated period in line with the gov­ernment’s covenant with La­gosians to make life easier for them.
He, therefore, solicited the co-operation and support of all transport operators in ensuring the success of the new initiative and urged them to warn their mem­bers not to see the govern­ment’s humaneness as a sign of weakness by attacking LASTMA or any other en­forcement agent. He warned that offenders would be sanctioned in accordance with relevant provisions of the law.
In another development, the state government at the weekend, said it would fully enforce the provisions of the law restricting street trading in the metropolis.
The Chairman of the State Task Force on Environmen­tal and Other Special Of­fences (Enforcement Unit), Olubukola Abe, a Super­intendent of Police, who gave the commitment while speaking to journalists in Alausa, Ikeja, said the new drive was to reduce traffic congestion on the roads, of­ten caused by traders, who traded along the streets.
The chairman said Sec­tion 1 of the Street Trading and Illegal Market Prohi­bition Law 2003, restricts street trading and hawking in the metropolis.
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