The General Manager of Lagos State Traffic Management Authority has revealed on Monday 11th of May 2020 that the agency has started releasing all the vehicles seized from COVID-19 lockdown violators.
LASTMA says it has begun releasing impounded vehicles to violators of COVID-19 lockdown order
As of last week, we still reported that LASTMA impounded over 100 vehicles for violating the social distancing order in Lagos upon the Federal Government’s ease of lockdown. These 100 newly impounded vehicles are nothing compared to the huge number of others already seized during the COVID-19 lockdown itself. Fortunately, new reports reaching us claim that LASTMA has now begun to release all the vehicles impounded during the lockdown.
According to reports, Mr Olajide Oduyoye – the G.M of LASTMA made this disclosure in his recent public statement through Mr Olumide Filade, the Public Relations Officer. In the statement, Mr Oduyoye disclosed that LASTMA has begun releasing vehicles seized from COVID-19 lockdown violators back to the owners with no charges attached, based on Governor Sanwo-Olu’s directive.
Mr Oduyoye further explained in his statement that this directive only covers for vehicles impounded before the 14th of April 2020. He stated that these vehicles will be released to only the rightful owners who could present valid insurance documents, roadworthiness certificates, and driver’s licenses for their respective cars. He warned that violators whose vehicles were impounded after the 14th of April are not covered in the governor’s directive.
Mr Oduyoye also advised visitors and Lagos residents to follow all the federal and state government’s medical guidelines to help curb the spread and fight the COVID-19 disease in the state. He reiterated the importance of using face masks, social distancing, use of proper hand sanitizers for frequent washing of hands and more.
For those who are not yet aware, the Governor of Lagos state – Babajide Sanwo-Olu has ordered the immediate release of vehicles impounded by LASTMA and VIO during the COVID-19 lockdown between 1st of March and 14th of April 2020. He ordered the release of these vehicles to relieve the offenders of financial burdens following the long period of Stay-at-home order.
As for the fight against the deadly Coronavirus disease in Lagos state and Nigeria as a whole, below is a video of an analyst discussing how to curb the spread of the virus in our nation;
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While you are here, we recommend that you also read our highlight of the functions of LASTMA, FRSC, and VIO on Nigerian roads.