Lagos Traffic Law: 10 Driving Offences And Penalties In Lagos

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It is a norm all over the world, that there is absolutely no ignorance before the Law. Hence the need to always get yourself informed as long as the law is concerned. Outlined here are some Lagos driving offences and their penalties as prescribed by the Lagos Traffic Law.

While some of these stipulations are overly and aggressively implemented, others are however under-implemented:

1) Driving on BRT lane: N20,000 for first time offenders and N30,000 for subsequent offenders. Alternatively, the driver may be sentenced to 3 years imprisonment or both.
2) Exceeding prescribed speed limit: N100,000 fine or 1 year imprisonment or both fine and imprisonment.

3) Failure to stop for pedestrians at Zebra crossing: The fine is N20,000 for first time offenders and N30,000 for subsequent offenders. Your vehicle will also be impounded.
4) Wrongful overtaking: N100,000 fine.

5) Illegal U-turns: N20,000 for first time offenders and N30,000 for subsequent offenders. Driver most also undergo a mandatory training before he/she can drive again.
6) Bullion van driving in a wrong direction: Forfeiture of vehicle and 3 years imprisonment.

7) Making phone calls while driving: N20,000 for first time offenders and N30,000 for subsequent offenders.
cool Motorist resisting arrest: N20,000 for first time offenders and N30,000 for subsequent offenders.

9) Disobeying traffic control personnel: N20,000 for first time offenders and N30,000 for subsequent offenders. Your vehicle may also be impounded.
10) Learning driving without an accompanying licensed driver: The driver will be dislodged and made to pay a fine of N20,000 for first time offence and N30,000 for subsequent offences.

So, the next time you see free traffic space on BRT lane, while you are busy struggling and dragging lane with commercial drivers on the general lanes, just do well to remind your head the cost of driving on it. For just N20,000 or N30,000 you may go on to drive.

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One morning at Alausa Ikeja, I and some others wanted to cross the road at the Zebra Crossing when all vehicles stopped except one bus. In his hurry, he nearly knocked the lady beside me down. When he stopped at the traffic light ahead, I went to challenge him and his response was “are you a Zebra?”. Imagine the nonentity?

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Jude Okon:

One morning at Alausa Ikeja, I and some others wanted to cross the road at the Zebra Crossing when all vehicles stopped except one bus. In his hurry, he nearly knocked the lady beside me down. When he stopped at the traffic light ahead, I went to challenge him and his response was “are you a Zebra?”. Imagine the nonentity?

LMAO! So, what was your answer? Truth, the sign should have been named Ped Crossing

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One day, I and two friends were on the road, near zebra crossing, waiting for busy vehicles to clear to pass. One driver slowed down, and reaching us increased the speed again, we almost fell for his trap or so to say. Lagos drivers na Mady. Only once has a driver ever stopped for me to use the Zebra crossing and I’m sure that person must have lived in a sane country before, not a Lagosian.

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