LASG reiterates punitive punishment for driving against traffic
The Lagos State Government, through the Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, has reiterated punitive measures for citizens driving against traffic within the state.
Chairman, Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit, CSP Olayinka Egbeyemi, revealed this recently during the inauguration of the new state executive council of the Allied Truck Transporters Association on Nigeria, (ATTAN).
Egbeyemi, who was represented by the Task Force’s, Assistant Director and Head of Public Affairs, Adebayo Taofiq, said driving against traffic in the state will attract imprisonment and forfeiture of the vehicle driven without an option of fine.
The event had representatives from the Lagos State Ministry of Transport, (MOT), Lagos Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA), Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS), including the Federal Road Safety Corps, (FRSC) who took turns to reiterate the stern position of the government against traffic offenders. They also reaffirmed on efforts to free Lagos roads of traffic snarls and build-ups often associated with non-compliance with traffic laws and irresponsible driving attitude by drivers at the wheels.
In response, the newly-elected state chairman of the association, Oni Babatunde, said the association has a robust in house advocacy programme in place, which is aimed at keeping its members abreast of road regulatory policies put in place by relevant agencies of government.
He said members of his union were not just aware of these road regulations and laws, especially the executive order recently signed by the governor, but were determined to take the lead in compliance as a responsive organisation that is interested in the sanity of the roads in the state.
On his part, the National President of the association, Mutiu Akinbode, urged the members to exercise greater responsibility and caution while driving noting that the union is in partnership with the government to ensure the safety of their lives and all other road users.
Issues of concern bordering on high handedness, arbitrary charges and the bad state of road networks in the state was presented by members of the association to the relevant regulating agencies with the officials providing adequate answers and explanations for them.
The event had the following officers also inaugurated for a four-year term; Olufemi Adebanjo, vice chairman, Dosumu Aderinto, state secretary, Amama Joseph, assistant state secretary, Babatunde Maruf, State P.R.O, Akanbi Idowu, state treasurer, Yekeen Abiodun, state financial secretary.
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