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Lagos State New Road Trafic Law

By the time Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos State, finally signs into law the new bill that will repeal and re-enact the road traffic law and make provisions for road traffic and vehicle inspection in the state, motorists and commercial motorcyclists, popularly called “Okada” including bullion van drivers, might be in for a very tough time with law enforcement agencies in the state. The Lagos State House of Assembly, last Thursday, July 12, passed the bill, ready for Fashola’s assent. The bill which emanated from the executive arm is aimed at regulating vehicular movement and to impose strict sanctions and enforcement on any erring vehicle operator in the state.
1. Riding a motor-cycle against traffic
2. Riding on the curb, median or road setbacks
(Penalty) 1st time offender – N20, 000.00 subsequent offenders N30, 000.00 or the riders’ motor-cycle will be impounded
3. One way driving
(Penalty) 3year jail term after psychiatric examination
4. Smoking while driving
(Penalty) N20, 000.00 fine
5. Failure to give way to traffic on the left at a roundabout
(Penalty) N20, 000.00 fine
6. Disobeying traffic control
(Penalty) N20, 000.00
7. Violation of route by commercial vehicles
(Penalty) N20, 000.00 fine.
8. Riding motor-cycle without crash helmet for rider and passenger
(Penalty) N20, 000: 00 or 3years imprisonment or both.
9. Under aged person, under 18yrs old riding a motorcycle
(Penalty) N20, 000.00.
10. Driving without valid driver’s license.
(Penalty) Vehicle to be impounded.
11. Learner driver without permit
(Penalty) N20, 000.00
12. Driving with fake number plate
(Penalty) 1st offender N20, 000.00 and 6 month imprisonment or both.

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