LASTMA - Traffic offenses, fines, and penalties

By Oluwatobi Ogunrinde
Publish on September 11, 2019

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Under the Lagos State traffic law, certain LASTMA Traffic offenses, fines, and penalties cost as much as N50, 000 - quite a number compared to the minimum wage in Nigeria.

Lagos Traffic Law is specifically designed to protect road users, but at the same time, road users will have to suffer the consequences once they disregard the law. When it comes to keeping an accident-free record, putting everyone in check is crucial and the only way this can be done is by enforcing every law that has been stated by the government.

Under the Lagos State traffic law, certain offenses cost as much as N50,000 - quite a number compared to the minimum wage in Nigeria. In your most pleasurable interest, it is best you remain guarded and avoid paying such gruesome amount for an offense you could easily have avoided.

If you must know, there’s also a possibility of facing criminal prosecutions or getting sent to expensive State approved driving school. This article by Naijauto should educate you on what offense to avoid and what penalty you will have to face once you get in trouble with Lagos traffic offenses, fines, and penalties.

1. LASTMA fines for traffic offenses

Below is the comprehensive list of LASTMA fines and penalties for different types of traffic offenses in the state. In the section later, we also introduce your rights when dealing with a LASTMA official as well as other notes you should know about this department.

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Make sure you know how much to pay for a traffic offense!

Contravention  Penalty
License Conditions General Code Fine (N) Additional
1 Driving with a fake Driver's license LCG-01 5,000 Confiscate vehicle
2

Driving without a Driver’s license

 LCG-02   2,000   Confiscate vehicle
3 Driving by an underaged individual (under 18) LCG-03  2,000 Confiscate vehicle
4 Learning how to drive without a Learner’s Permit     LCG-04       2,000 Dislodge driver
5 Learning how to drive on a major highway     LCG-05 2,000 Dislodge driver
6 Driving an unlicensed car LCG-06 2,500 Confiscate vehicle
7 Driving without an authentic vehicle license LCG-07 2,500  
8 Driving with a fake vehicle particulars LCG-08 5,000 Confiscate vehicle
9 Driving with fake number plates LCG-09 4,000 Confiscate vehicle
10 Driving a vehicle with illegal or a faulty reflective number plate LCG-10 2,000 Confiscate vehicle
11 Driving a private vehicle without an original MOT (Ministry of Transport) test Certificate LCG-11 5,000 Confiscate vehicle
12 Driving an unregistered staff bus LCG-12 2,000 Confiscate vehicle
13 Driving a company vehicle without an original  MOT (Ministry of Transport) Test Certificate LCG-13 5,000 Confiscate vehicle
Licence Conditions Commercial      
14 Driving a commercial vehicle without a carriage LCC-01 5,000 Confiscate vehicle
15 Painting a commercial vehicle in unapproved colors LCC-02 5,000  
16 Driving a commercial vehicle without a Certificate of Road Worthiness LCC-03 5,000 Confiscate vehicle
17 Absence of carriage permit LCC-04 2,000  
18 Absence of Kabu-kabu permit LCC-05 2,000  
19 Commercial vehicle violating a route LCC-06 2,000  
20 Absence of car-hire service permit LCC-07 5,000  
21 Absence of the route and route number on a vehicle LCC-08 2,000  
Traffic Signs and Markings      
22 Violating traffic signs or an authorized Traffic Control Personnel  TSM-01 2,000  
23 Violating traffic lights TSM-02 5,000  
Vehicle Defects      
24 Driving a motorcycle or any 3-wheeler with ineffective lamps VDF-01 1,000 Effect immediate repairs
25 Driving a private vehicle with ineffective lamps VDF-02 3,000 Effect immediate repairs
26 Driving a commercial vehicle with ineffective lamps VDF-03 5,000 Effect immediate repairs
27 Driving a company vehicle with ineffective lamps VDF-04 5,000 Effect immediate repairs
28 Driving a tipper, trailer, or a tanker with ineffective lamps VDF-05 10,000 Effect immediate repairs
Alcohol & Drugs      
29 Driving while intoxicated by alcohol or drugs ALD-01 2,000 Confiscate vehicle
30 Smoking and driving ALD-02 1,000  
Motorcycle Riders        
31

Riding a motorcycle without a crash helmet

MCL-01 1,000 Confiscate vehicle
32 Riding a motorcycle without an authorized permit MCL-02 2,000  
Miscellaneous Traffic Fines      
33 Violate a TMM or a TMO MTF-01 1,000 Prosecute in court
34 Driving on a route prohibited by the Road Traffic Law MTF-02 25,000 Confiscate vehicle
35 Making u-turns at wrong spots MTF-03 2,000  
36 Aggressively overtaking other vehicles MTF-04 2,000  
37 Overloading of a trailer or commercial vehicle MTF-05 2,000 Remove excess
38 Parking a vehicle on the highway, a walkway or curb MTF-06 2,000 Move away
39 Commercial vehicle picking passengers in a place that isn't a bus stop  MTF-07 20,000 Driver training
40

Bullion van driving in a direction forbidden by the Road Traffic Law

MTF-08 50,000 Confiscate
41 Self-willed blockage or abandoning a vehicle on a highway MTF-09 5,000 Confiscate
42 Causing road obstruction with a broken-down vehicle MTF-10 2,000 Confiscate
TOTAL FINE(S)      
43 Storage charges for impounded SUVs, cars, and mini-buses per day 500
44

Storage charges for confiscated motorcycles and 3-wheelers per day

200
45 Storage charges for all other confiscated vehicles 1,000
46

Towing a confiscated SUV, car, or a minibus

2,500
47 Towing other commercial vehicles including minibusses 3,000
48 Towing an empty tanker or trailer  10,000
49 Towing a loaded tanker or trailer  20,000
50 Towing a lorry or tipper 5,000
51 Towing a luxury bus 10,000

If you’re careful, you wouldn’t have to pay a dime for as long as possible, let the general safety of drivers begin with you.

>>> You can also refer to Lagos traffic rules and fines, signed by Sanwo Olu in 2019

2. Know your rights with a LASTMA official

The Lagos State Traffic Management (LASTMA) is designed to protect law-abiding road users and also, ensure that those who disregard any of its stipulations are made to face the consequences of their action. This way, everyone can become responsible with time. While the commission has the power to exercise certain responsibilities on motorists, it is not designed to empower the officials to harass, intimidate, exploit or make a lawbreaker out of any Lagos resident/stakeholder through the demanding of bribes or other crooked demands.

As a Lagosian, it is best to know what your rights are in order to save yourself from trouble when necessary. This articles carefully explains the powers of LASTMA officials and how you can file a complaint against an overly intimidating one.

Are LASTMA officials empowered to arrest?

Just like other law enforcement agents, LASTMA officials have been empowered to arrest suspected individuals who commit a road offense. While they have the power to do so, you can also take the necessary steps to avoid the arrest. It's either you take full responsibility and pay the summary fine, or you can challenge the accusation and request for a trial by a competent court.

LASTMA-officials

LASTMA is an official unit to enforce the traffic law

Note: LASTMA officials are not empowered to detain an individual, they can only arrest. So if you get arrested by one, and the charge seems unreasonable, the official must do one of the following:

  • Take you to a police station to be detained while you await the court session.
  • Immediately present you before a trusted court (probably a Traffic Court or Special Offences court).

In Section 35 of the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria, there's a Right to Personal Liberty guaranteed; any powers of arrest exercised by LASTMA officials are subject to this law. Specifically, it concerns the right of any individual to a legal practitioner, as well as the right to be presented before a court within a reasonable period. Owing to the fact that your right to personal liberty should not be trampled upon, if you believe you’ve been cheated in one way or another, and would like to seek redress, kindly contact a trusted legal practitioner.

>>> Know the authority of LASTMA: LASTMA didn't create the law, we enforce it - LASTMA

Can LASTMA conduct tests for intoxication?

LASTMA officials can carry out tests for blood, breath, urine as well as the alcohol level of a driver. Currently, LASTMA officials have not been exercising this power as there are no laws that have affected the use of breath testing equipment by LASTMA. Notwithstanding, if they had to follow approved international standards, they have to take the following steps:

  1. Confine the individual in question.
  2. Inform the individual about the test that will be conducted.
  3. Just in case the individual objects to the test, the LASTMA official can obtain a court order or warrant in order to conduct the test through force.
  4. In a case of no objection, the LASTMA official would delegate a qualified medical practitioner to conduct the necessary test(s).
  5. As soon as the test results are out, the LASTMA official will inform the individual about the confirmation of alcohol or will release the individual if found innocent.

Be aware that the conduction of this test - obtaining of blood, breath, and urine samples, encroaches on your Fundamental Human Rights, so if you believe a LASTMA official hasn’t done right by you, contact your lawyer or better still, file a report.

>>> Don't fall victim to these unscrupulous criminals! Beware: fake LASTMA Officials now on Lagos roads!

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If LASTMA has certain rights to halt you, you have rights to legal complaints as well

How to file complaint against a LASTMA official

If you’re willing to establish your dissatisfaction regarding the conduct or activities of a LASTMA official during the exercise of his/her functions, these are the steps to follow:

  1. Note down the LASTMA official’s name on their uniform.
  2. Take note of the time, date, and place of the incident.
  3. Write a detailed letter describing the purpose of your complaint and what transpired
  4. Have the witnesses (if any) write a statement.
  5. Include all contact information of the involved on the correspondence.
  6. Provide additional information like videos, pictures, or any document that can support your claims.
  7. Send it to LASTMA Command Center email: info@lastma.gov.ng
  8. To deliver your complaint in person or by post at, take it to Public Relation Unit, LSTC Building, Oshodi Apapa Express Way, Ilupeju, Lagos state.
  9. Get the confirmation of receipt of the complaint
  10. Without receiving an unsatisfactory response, you should refer the issue to the Public Complaints Commission by the process laid out here.

>>> Further details at: Powers of LASTMA and how to file complaint against a LASTMA official

LASTMA official caught taking bribe from motorist

3. Conclusion

The rules aren’t that difficult to obey, you can save your time by just doing the needful. At the same time, do not hesitate to report any case of an extorting LASTMA official, your actions will serve as a check and balance for the commission as well.

With this information, hope you are more aware on roads to avoid LASTMA traffic offenses, fines, and penalties and how your rights as well as how to react to LASTMA officials.

>>> Read more driving tips and advice on Naijauto.com!

A passionate writer looking to educate people with every piece of her work. Oluwatobi enjoys writing about exotic cars, productive tech traits, workplace culture, and basic data science values. She holds a Master's degree in Diplomacy and Strategic Studies from University of Lagos. When she's not expressing herself through a new article, she's reading about international politics.

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