Lagos - Officials of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Thursday stormed some streets in Lagos to remove number plates of vehicles parked on the road.
The exercise was in accordance with the new Lagos Traffic law that stipulates that the number plate of any car parked on the road will be removed.
One of the car owners who vehicle's number plate was removed, Thomas Onosande, said he was shocked at the development.
"I was informed by one of my colleagues that the number plate of my car was being removed, I had to rush out to see some fierce looking mobile policemen with officials of LASTMA removing my car number plate"
He said he will have to go to Alausa along with his other colleagues' whose number plates were removed too to retrieve them.
The state government in February inaugurated a new traffic laws and relevant punishments.
Read Lagos Traffic Law (violations and penalties)
Speaking on behalf of the governor during its inauguration, Olufunmilayo Atilade, the Chief Judge of Lagos State was specific on the targets of the government new crusade.
“Those who choose to make life difficult for other people, especially on our roads; those who engage in flagrant disregard or violation of traffic rules with impunity; break traffic rules at will and cause needless traffic snag, drive against traffic and beat the traffic lights, destroy traffic furniture and infrastructure, drive across the road median and through their lawlessness and irresponsible actions, daily inflict pains, grieve and sorrow on fellow citizens.”
These “few recalcitrant and obstinate drivers and road users who impede businesses, maim innocent people or send people to their early graves”, the administration swore to battle on behalf of Lagosians.
Some of the new 11 laws and their attendant punishment include ‘One-Way’ driving which attract a penalty of three years; abandoning vehicle on highway which attracts a fine of N50 000 or three years imprisonment, or both; Motorcycle riding against traffic, smoking while driving, disobeying traffic control, riding motor cycle without crash helmet etc. each of which attracts a fine of N20 000.
- News 24