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Lagos seizes vehicles over traffic violations

19 May 2014, 17:07

Lagos - Lagos State Government has impounded more than 113 000 vehicles for violating traffic regulations.

Lagos Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, said that most of the vehicles were impounded for breaking traffic laws and non-possession of complete vehicle documents.

The commissioner said that while the state traffic management agency (LASTMA) impounded 25 600 vehicles for traffic violations, the State Vehicle Inspection Officers (VIO) impounded 87 600 vehicles over non-possession of complete vehicle documents across the state.

According to Opeifa , in January 2013, about 1 800 vehicles were impounded and fined for breaking traffic law while in the following month, it reduced to 1 750 vehicles.

The  figure however went up in March, 2013 when about 2 000 vehicles were impounded for traffic offences.

In April of the same year, more traffic violations were recorded as 2 300 vehicles were impounded and fine, but went down in May, with 2 200 vehicles impounded by the agency.

In June, July and August of the same year, 1 800, 2 200 and 1 800 vehicles were impounded respectively for traffic violation, while in September, October, November and December, 2013, 1 700, 1 600, 1,550 and 1 300 vehicles were impounded respectively for traffic violations.

Between January and February, 2014, over 3 600 vehicles were impounded by LASTMA officers for breaking the road traffic law and fined accordingly.

More than 1 000 vehicles were impounded for one-way drive in the last one year as owners of such vehicles forfeited them to the Lagos State Government in accordance with the road traffic law.

About 5 800 vehicles were impounded in January 2014, another 6 500 vehicles were impounded in February over incomplete vehicle documentation.

– CAJ News

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