Since the newly elected governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu assumed public office as the executive governor of Lagos State, there has been a very strict approach to traffic management in the state. This extends to bringing every resident of the state to a whole new level of sanity and punishment for breaking Lagos traffic rules.
1. Sanwo Olu shows no mercy to traffic offenders
Recently, an executive bill on waste management, environment and traffic was signed by the governor of Lagos State. This implies harsh punishment for traffic offenders regardless of whether you are ignorant of it or not.
Two traffic offenders recently forfeited their cars after breaking traffic law of passing through ‘one way’ in Ikeja, Lagos. This punishment was meted out after a court ruling against them.
The Governor himself, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu was seen dedicating his full energy in combating traffic issues in the state
Apart from towing expenses, the least financial penalty under traffic law in Lagos State is twenty thousand naira (N20,000).
This fine is obviously higher than the minimum wage of workers in the state and other places in the country. it is therefore very important you take note of these laws and penalties, which include fines, forceful enrolment in expensive state driving school and possible criminal prosecution. Here on Naijauto are the traffic offenses in the state and their fines.
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2. Lagos traffic offenses and penalties (2019 updated)
Below are the most basic Lagos traffic rules and fines, signed by Mr. Sanwo Olu. Please note them down carefully as you may face severe punishment even when you are not aware of the law!
|Lagos traffic offenses and penalties (2019)|
|Driving without a Driver’s licence||Impound vehicle|
|Driving of any vehicle by person under 18||N30,000|
|Driving with fake number plates||N30,000, 3 years in prison|
|Driving with forged vehicle particulars||6 months in prison|
|Driving with fake driver’s licence||6 months in prison|
|Driving without road worthiness||Impound vehicle|
|Driving only yellow||N80,000. Enforce painting|
|Driving Commercial vehicle without Hackney permit||Impound vehicle|
|No display of Hackney permit||Impound vehicle|
|Kabu Kabu without permit||Impound vehicle|
|Disobeying LASTMA Officer||N30,000/Impound vehicle|
|Neglect of traffic direction light||3 months in prison|
|Smoking while driving||N30,000/Impound vehicle|
|Physically assault traffic officer||N50,000/6 months in prison|
|Driving without full light||N50,000|
|Driving with worn out tyre||N30,000|
|Driving without spare tyre||N30,000|
|Driving smoking vehicle||N30,000|
|No fire extinguisher||N30,000|
|Eating and driving with one hand||3 months in prison|
|One way driving||3 years in prison|
|Driving without fasten seat blt||N30,000|
|Not painting a commercial vehicle the approved colour||N50,000|
|No car hire service permit||1st 20,000; 2nd N30,000, Impound vehicle|
|Parking on yellow line on any public highway/illegal parking||1st N20,000; subsequent N30,000|
|Vehicle crossing double yellow line/center line||1st N20,000; subsequent N30,000|
|Staying within the yellow junction box (offside rule)||1st N20,000; subsequent N30,000|
|Failure to yield to right of the way of pedestrian at zebra crossing||1st N20,000; subsequent N30,000|
|Failure to give to traffic on the left at a roundabout||1st N20,000; subsequent N30,000|
|Driving on walkway or kerb||Impound vehicle|
|Reversing on the highway & parking on walkways||50,000 naira|
|Obstruction of traffic||20,000 naira|
|Picking/Dropping passengers on illegal B/stop||50,000 naira|
|Driving on BRT lanes||70,000 naira|
For detailed regulations, you can check the official announcment from LASTMA here!
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The situation of traffic in Lagos needs drastic measure and strict legislation in curbing all road menaces
Admittedly, there is no excuse for ignorance. The best way you can enjoy driving within Lagos State in this current dispensation is by obeying all the traffic rules and regulations. Be a responsible citizen to avoid being used as deterrent to other road users!