Lagos - The Lagos State Government said on Wednesday that it has begun the enforcement of its new traffic law contrary to reports that the law would come into effect three months after.
Gov. Babatunde Fashola had on Aug. 2 signed the traffic bill into law, and announced the government’s zero tolerance to erring motorists, motorcyclists and pedestrians crossing the highways without using foot bridges.
Some aspects of the law include the criminalisation of eating and making or receiving phone calls while driving, driving against traffic flow (one-way) and the barring of motorcycles from dual carriageways in the state.
The law also prescribes a jail term of three years and fines ranging between N20,000 and N30,000 for offenders.
The Commissioner for Transportation, Mr Kayode Opeifa said that although the law took effect from Aug. 2, full enforcement had yet to commence in the streets.
``Although, we have not gone to the streets for full enforcement, we are using this period to meet with the stakeholders by sensitizing them and creating awareness about the law.
``We are considerate, taking our time to get stakeholders to comply voluntarily,’’ he said.
Opeifa said law was not to kill or sack people, but to ensure sanity and discipline on the roads.
``The law enforcement agents have been arresting some people who felt they were above the law.
``A bullion van driving against the traffic has been impounded.
``Nobody is above the law; we will be decisive, but compassionate. We will not tolerate indiscipline,’’ the commissioner said.