By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
Lagos State Mobile Court has forfeited thirty-one vehicles to government for contravening the State Traffic Law by driving against the traffic on a one-way road in Lagos.
The Court made the pronouncement after the thirty-one defendants (drivers) pleaded ‘Guilty’ to the ‘One-way’ traffic offence charged against them.
According to the Mobile Court, “The arraigned thirty-one drivers were charged for driving in the direction prohibited by Law (One-way) punishable under Part (III) item 27 of the ‘Lagos State Transport Sector Reformed Law of 2018 and have been penalized accordingly”.
However, forty-three other drivers arraigned for plying the BRT corridors and causing road obstructions were ordered to pay fines to the government in accordance with the Law and severity of their offence.
This is contained in statement by Head, Public Affairs Unit, Adebayo Taofiq.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Lagos State Environment and Special Offences (Enforcement) Unit (Taskforce), CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi confirmed that out of one hundred and sixty arraigned traffic offenders including those apprehended for driving against traffic (One-way) only seventy-four had so far appeared before the court.
While urging remaining eighty-six others who are yet to appear before the court to do so immediately, the Chairman said the Agency acted in response to series of complaints from the public particularly motorists that activities of one-way drivers were causing serious traffic gridlock on daily basis since the #EndSARS protest across the State.
According to Egbeyemi “It is painful that with a high level of enlightenment campaigns and several warnings by the government, motorists including private car owners are still driving against traffic knowing fully well that the penalty for such offense is outright forfeiture of the said vehicle to the government”.