Lagos traffic: Drive one-way and pay N50,000 or spend 3 years in jail

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Updated July 16, 2012

Motorists that drive on one-way traffic in Lagos will now pay a fine of N50, 000 or serve a three year jail term, following the passing of the new bill the Lagos State House of Assembly on Sunday.

The bill which comprises new amended traffic law, is now before the governor Babatunde Fashola for his assent. The bill stipulates that driving in a direction prohibited by the road traffic law will attract a fine of N50, 000 or three year jail term or both, while a first offender gets one year term.

The bill also stipulates that bullion vans that drive driving in a direction prohibited by the road traffic law will be forfeited to the state government while vehicles abandoned on highway will be fined N50, 000.

According to schedule (1) section (2) of traffic offences and penalties as stated in the bill, riding a motor-cycle popularly referred to as Okada by Lagosians against traffic, riding on the kerb, median or road setbacks, first time offender will paid N20,000 fine while subsequent offender will pay a fine of N30,000 or the riders motorcycle be impounded.

Operating a motor-cycle in a restricted area on or prohibited route attracts N20, 000 fine or the motor-cycle impounded.

Schedule II, section (4) of the bill listed prohibited route for motorcycle and tricycle on major highway in Lagos. The highways are Lagos- Ibadan expressway, Apapa- Oshodi- Oworonshoki, Lagos- Ikorodu Road, Lagos–Abeokuta Expressway, Eti-Osa- Lekki- Epe expressway, Funsho Williams Avenue, Agege Motor Road