INSIDEMAINLAND – The Lagos State Attorney General and Commissioner for Justice, Moyosore Onigbanjo, on Tuesday revealed that the State Transport Sector Reform Law(2018) is under review.
According to him, “The Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law is currently being reviewed by the state House of Assembly and amendments will be in place as soon as possible.
“This issue of driving against traffic has become such a nuisance, such a danger, and such a menace to society that something drastic has to be done, and the legislators at that time imposed these penalties.
“There is a process to amend the law so people can go up to their representatives in the state house of assembly and make agitations that in our view, this is draconian and we think you should change the law. That could kick-start the process but ongoing right now, there is a process to review the law.”
Last Thursday, the Lagos State Government held an auction of damaged and abandoned vehicles at the Task Force Yard in Ikeja, drivers whose vehicles were impounded for breaking traffic laws were among those who participated in the open sale.
It was filled with different dramas from bidders and businessmen who attended simply for business.
The Lagos State Transport Sector Reform Law 2018, stipulates that anyone who ignores traffic signals or drives in a way that is against the law would have to pay a fine, lose their car, and serve one year of jail time for a first offense and three years for a second.
The state government has a history of auctioning off seized and abandoned vehicles, and reports from 2019 indicated that the state has been diligent in punishing traffic violators to return peace to Lagos roads and to allow law-abiding motorists free movement.
Although the Lagos AG promised that the laws were being checked, he insisted, “The law remains as at today. People should be well-advised not to jeopardize their own interest.”