The Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit has decided to auction 53 cars impounded for a traffic violation.
The agency's spokesman, Kehinde Taofeek, revealed it in a press statement that was released on Wednesday.
53 seized vehicles will be up for auction if owners fail to come and identify their vehicles at the traffic yard
31 vehicles were seized from traffic defaulters who have already been arraigned before a court for violating traffic rules and 22 others whose owners abandoned them for more than six months after they were impounded. These vehicles, as ordered by Salawu-led mobile court, Oshodi, are to be forfeited to the Lagos State government.
Naijauto gathered that the magistrate sentenced the violators who pleaded guilty, to 100 days of community service.
According to the chairman of the agency, Olayinka Egbeyemi, the owners of the seized cars who abandoned them have contravened the 2018 Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law.
He disclosed that the owners have been notified to come and identify their cars at their car parks in Bolade-Oshodi and Ikorodu.
"At the expiration of the one-month verification exercise, the agency shall apply to court for an order of ‘Public Auction’ where members of the public would have opportunity to buy any of these vehicles."
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The chairman also revealed that the agency has over 7350 seized bikes in their custody. And they belong to motorcyclists who plied bridges and highways restricted in Lagos State.
These motorcycles were impounded by the agency around Pen-Cinema, Agege, Mile-2, Apapa, Obalende, Ikorodu road, Oyingbo, Ojota,2nd Rainbow, Yaba, Lagos/Abeokuta expressway, Ikeja, Apongbon and Iyana-Ipaja.
Mr. Egbeyemi buttressed the Lagos State government will not tolerate the violation of traffic laws while stating the agency's continued efforts at restoring sanity on Lagos roads by prosecuting traffic violators.
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