The Babajide Sanwo-Olu-led Lagos State Government has increased fines for traffic offenders in Lagos State by 100% or more, Safety Record newspaper has gathered.
The penalty for driving against traffic, known as “one-way”, currently stands at N200, 000.
Offences like driving on a curb, parking vehicles on walkways and reversing while on the highway now attract fines of N70,000.
Driving without using seat belts, not closing vehicle doors and mounting on the vehicle doorway while in locomotion each incur a fine of N20,000.
Indiscriminate dropping and picking of passengers and parking on the side of highways now bear a fine of N50,000.
“This is to ensure that apprehended violators do not easily get out of the offence, unlike before. The law says we should impound a vehicle that drives against traffic, which is the most common traffic offence these days,” a high-ranking official of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) revealed on Sunday.
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“But giving them a fine of N50,000 is like a slap on the wrist. But with N200,000 fine or risk of impounding and being shown on camera during the mobile court trial, they will think twice. The essence is deterrence.”
In the new dispensation, traffic offences that otherwise attracted no fines, now attract varying fines ranging from N20,000 – N90,000.
This stringent penalties being put in place is to ensure that those who flout traffic rules and regulations never repeat such acts in future.