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Lagos State Police Commissioner Odumosu

BREAKING............ The Lagos state’s commissioner of Police Hakeem Odumosu, has spoken of tougher traffic rules that will do DC bring sanity to Lagos roads.

If Violated the 80 offences listed carry the following fines and or imprisonment.

He mentioned that it would be difficult for offenders to go Scot free as inter-agency collaboration of all security and law enforcement agencies within the State to ensure strict enforcement.

The Monitoring and Enforcement Coordination Committee he said would be headed by Lagos Sate’s former Commissioner for Transport Kayode Opeifa. The committee is created to monitor and enforce all the new executive orders and other existing laws of the state.

Lagos State Government he said had resolved to put an end to lawlessness among members of the community and that Lagos of today won’t condone their lawlessness. We are together now in synergy, putting all our resources together to go after the lawbreakers in the society.

He also mentioned the fact that there would be more presence of mobile courts to ensure the swift prosecution of Traffic offenders. 

The Lagos State Road Traffic law 2012 is the Supervening enactment for Road and traffic offences in Lagos State. Schedule I to the law contains a list of said offences and their punishments which are now enforceable. They are:

 

  1. Violation of Routes by Commercial Vehicles
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to counseling and enlightenment by LASDRI (Lagos State Drivers’ Institute)

 

  1. Non Display of Route and Route Number on Vehicle
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00

  1. Disobeying Traffic Control Personnel
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to LASDRI training

 

  1. Parking on Yellow Line on a Public Highway/Illegal Parking
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to LASDRI training

 

  1. Neglect of Traffic Directions
    Penalty: Forfeiture of the vehicle to the state
    Additional: Six (6) month imprisonment/one (1) community service

 

  1. Vehicle Crossing Double Yellow Line/Center Line
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to more training at LASDRI

 

  1. Staying Within the Yellow Junction Box (Offside Rule)
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to LASDRI training

 

  1. Failure to Yield to Right of Way for Pedestrian at a Zebra Crossing
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to LASDRI training

 

  1. Failure to Give Way to Traffic on the Left at a Roundabout
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to LASDRI training

 

  1. Smoking/Drinking Alcohol While Driving
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Three (3) months imprisonment or six (6) months community service

 

  1. Riding Motorcycle Without a Crash Helmet for the Rider
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Riding a Motorcycle Without a Rider’s Permit
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00
    Additional: Impound motorcycle and collect permit before release

 

  1. Riding a Motorcycle:
    (i) Against traffic, on the curb, median or road setbacks
    Penalty: 1st offender N50,000.00 | Subsequent offender N100,000.00
    Additional: Three (3) months imprisonment or six (6) months community service

 

  1. Conveying More Than One Passenger at Any Given Time Both Rider and Passenger
    Penalty: 1st offender N50,000.00 | Subsequent offender N100,000.00
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) months or both fine and imprisonment, six (6) months community service

 

  1. Installation of Musical Gadget on a Motorcycle
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Forfeiture of the gadget, counseling/Enlightenment

 

  1. Alteration of Manufacturer’s Specification on Motorcycle (e.g. Handle Bar/Leg)
    Penalty: N20,000
    Additional: In addition, revert back to manufacturer’s specification

 

  1. Motorcyclist Resisting Arrest
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Additional LASDRI training before release

 

  1. Driving Motor Vehicle/Motorcycle Without Side Mirrors, Indicators, Brake Lights or Rear Lights
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Install/fix before release plus counseling and enlightenment at LASDRI

 

  1. Wrongful Overtaking of Other Vehicle
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) years or both fine and imprisonment

 

  1. Under-Aged Person Riding a Motorcycle
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Dislodge rider and impound motorcycle

 

  1. Motorcycle Operating Using Horn Designed For Motor Vehicles
    Fine: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Remove horn and install normal specification

 

  1. Operating a Motorcycle Below 200cc Engine Capacity
    Penalty: N/A
    Additional: Impound motorcycle

 

  1. Exceeding Prescribed Speed Limit
    Penalty: N100,000
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of two (2) years or both fine and imprisonment

 

  1. Tailgating an Emergency Vehicle
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) years or both fine and imprisonment

 

  1. Failure of Slow-Moving Vehicle to Keep to the Right Lane
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle plus LASDRI training


  2. Assault on a Traffic Officer (Physical)
    Penalty: N100,000 or six (6) months imprisonment
    Additional: Pay compensation to the assaulted officer

 

  1. Driving in a Direction Prohibited by the Law / Neglect of Traffic Directions
    Penalty: Forfeiture of the vehicle to the state
    Additional: 1st offence – one (1) year imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle to the state. Second and subsequent offence attracts three years imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle to the state and capturing of data and bio-metrics

 

  1. Illegal U-Turns
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Driver training at LASDRI

 

  1. Wrongful Overtaking of Other Vehicles
    Penalty: 1st offender N50,000.00 | Subsequent offender N100,000.00
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) months or both fine and imprisonment or six (6) months community service

 

  1. Overloading of a Commercial Vehicle on the Highway
    Penalty: N50,000
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) months or six (6) months community service

 

  1. Driving on the Walkway or Kerbs
    Penalty: N50,000
    Additional: Impound vehicle plus three (3) months imprisonment

 

  1. Parking on the Walkway or Kerbs
    Penalty: N20,000
    Additional: Impound vehicle plus three (3) months imprisonment

 

  1. Parking or Stopping to Pick Passengers by a Commercial Vehicle on the Highway – Both Driver and Passenger
    Penalty: N50,000
    Additional: Driver training at LASDRI or three (3) months imprisonment

 

  1. Bullion Van Driving in a Direction Prohibited by Law
    Penalty: Forfeiture of vehicle
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) years or payment of a fine of five hundred thousand Naira (N500,000)

 

  1. Abandoned Vehicle on Highway
    Penalty: N500,000 plus cost of towing
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) months

 

  1. Vehicle Causing Obstruction on Highway if Broken Down
    Penalty: Commercial – N50,000.00 in addition to the cost of towing | Private – N25,000.00 in addition to cost of towing
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Commuter or Conductor Hanging on Tailboard of Moving Vehicle
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Dislodge and impound the vehicle

 

  1. Vehicle With Doors Left Open
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: One (1) month community service in addition to fine

 

  1. Making and Receiving Calls While Driving Without Hands-Free
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Three (3) months community service

 

  1. Texting/Reading Text Messages While Driving
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Six (6) months community service

 

  1. Counting Money or Otherwise Engage in Other Activities When Driving
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Three (3) months community service

 

  1. Driving Without a Strapped Seat Belt For Both Passengers
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle/Strap on the seatbelt

 

  1. Failure to Display Reflective Warning Sign at Point of Break Down
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Procure standardized reflective sign before vehicle release

 

  1. Motorist Resisting Arrest
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Impound vehicle in addition to LASDRI training

 

  1. Offence: Use of BRT Lite Corridor
    Penalty: 1st offender N20,000.00 | Subsequent offender N30,000.00
    Additional: Imprisonment for the term of six (6) months/one (1) year community service in addition to LASDRI training

 

  1. Wilful Obstruction on Highway
    Penalty: N50,000 in addition to the cost of towing
    Additional: Imprisonment for a term of three (3) months or both fine and imprisonment

 

  1. Storage Charge For Impounded Cars, Jeep and Mini-Buses Per Day
    Penalty: N1,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Storage Charge For Impounded Motorcycles and Three Wheelers Per Day
    Penalty: N500.00
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Storage Charge For All Other Impounded Vehicles (Six Wheelers and Above Per Day)
    Penalty: N2,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing Impounded Cars, Jeeps and Mini-Buses
    Penalty: N10,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing Other Commercial Vehicles Excluding Trailers (mini-buses)
    Penalty: N10,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing a Trailer or Tanker (empty)
    Penalty: N50,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing a Trailer or Tanker (loaded)
    Penalty: N100,000
  2. Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing Tippers and Lorries (loaded)
    Penalty: N100,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing Luxurious Buses
    Penalty: N50,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing an Overnight Breakdown (trailer)
    Penalty: N100,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing Tricycles
    Penalty: N2,000
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Towing Motorcycles
    Penalty: N500
    Additional: N/A

 

  1. Hire of Heavy Duty Recovery Equipment (Towing / Recovery Fees)
    Penalty: N/A
    Additional: At hirer’s cost

 

  1. Failure to Pay Penalty Within Prescribed Time
    Penalty: N/A
    Additional: Double the initial penalty

 

  1. Operating Vehicle Within Restricted Routes or Beyond Approved Hour
    Penalty: N50,000 / Impound vehicle
    Additional: Optional – Six (6) months imprisonment / one (1) year community service

 

  1. Not Painting a Commercial Vehicle in Approved Colours
    Penalty: N25,000
    Additional: Impound vehicle and enforce painting before release

 

  1. Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol/Drugs
    Penalty: N100,000
    Additional: One (1) year imprisonment

 

  1. Disobeying Traffic Light
    Penalty: N10,000
    Additional: Optional – Three (3) months imprisonment/Six (6) months community service


    Additional Offences and the Penalties they Attract

    Below are other5 traffic offences and the penalties that come with them as clearly stipulated in the Lagos State traffic law.

 

  1. Driving Without a Valid Driver’s License
    Penalty vehicles will be impounded.

 

  1. Driving With Fake Number Plate
    Penalty: N30,000 or sentenced to 3 years in prison.

 

  1. Driving with Forged Vehicle Particulars
    Penalty: 6 months in prison.

 

  1. Driving With a Fake Driver’s License
    Penalty: 6 months in prison.

 

  1. Driving an Unpainted Taxi Without Permit
    Penalty: vehicles will be impounded.

 

  1. Disobeying LASTMA Officials
    Penalty: Fine of N30,000 and or vehicle impounded if found guilty.

 

  1. Smoking While Driving
    Penalty: N30,000 or vehicle impounded.

 

  1. Driving Without Full Light
    Penalty: Fine of N50,000

 

  1. Driving With Tinted Glasses (Without permit)
    Penalty: Fine of N30,000

 

  1. Driving With Worn Out Tyre
    Penalty: Fine of N30,000.

 

  1. Driving Without a Fire Extinguisher
    Penalty: Fine of N30,000.

 

  1. Driving Without a Spare Tyre
    Penalty: Fine of N30,000.

 

  1. Driving a Smoking Vehicle
    Penalty: Fine of N30,000.

 

  1. Driving a car with a broken windscreen
    Penalty: Fine of N30,000.

 

  1. Eating and Driving
    Penalty: 3 months in prison if pronounced guilty.

 

  1. One-Way Driving
    Penalty: 3 years in prison.

 

Please note that this list is not exhaustive as at the time of writing this article.

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