The 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 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.
The new amended traffic law which was passed into law last Thursday, stipulates the following:
1. 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.
2. 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.
3. Riding a motor-cycle against traffic and riding on the kerb, median or road setbacks will attract N20,000.00 for 1st time offenders, while subsequent offenders will get N30,000.00 fine or the rider’s motor-cycle will be impounded.
4. Smoking while driving will attract N20,000
5. Failure to give way to traffic on the left at a roundabout N20,000
6. Disobeying traffic control will be N20,000
7. Violation of route by commercial vehicles will attract N20,000
8. Riding motor-cycle without crash helmet for rider and passenger will attract N20,000 or 3years imprisonment or both.
9. Prohibits under aged person, under 18yrs old from riding a motorcycle and the fine for this is N20,000.
10. Operating a motor-cycle in a restricted area on or prohibited route will attract a fine of N20,000 or his motor-cycle will be impounded.
11. Any person driving without a valid driving license will have his/her vehicle impounded. Learner drivers without permit will attract a fine of N20,000; while driving with fake number plate will attract N20,000 for 1st offenders and 6 months imprisonment or both for subsequent infractions.
Now that they have become laws, Lagosians are advised to be mindful of them.