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Lagos govt invites commercial drivers, conductors to register, repel wrath of the law

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Lagos State Government once again is calling on all Transport Operators within the State to get accredited at the Public Transport and Commuter Service Department (PTCS) under the Ministry of Transportation.

In a statement released by the Ministry, the Director, Public Transport and Commuter Services, Mr Ashaolu Ajewole, stated that the accreditation was vital for the procurement of Vehicle Body Tag, Driver’s Badge, Stage Carriage Permit and Terminal Access Permit as part of documents required for operation within the metropolis.

Mr Ashaolu explained that all commercial passenger vehicle operators, owners, drivers and conductors including Mini-buses, Tricycles, all Commercial buses, E-hailing and regular cabs are required to get accredited to legitimize their operations as well as an enhanced public trust.

He further disclosed that the exercise will hold continuously at the Directorate of Public Transport and Commuter Services, Block 3, Code of Conduct Bureau Building, opposite the Police College, Oba Akinjobi Way, GRA, Ikeja, adding that the documentation is mandatory for all operators in Lagos State.

The statement also appealed to stakeholders in the public transport sector to participate in the exercise to avoid being caught on the wrong side of the law as enforcement measures from the State Government will soon follow.

POSITION OF LAGOS STATE ROAD TRAFFIC LAW

What does the law enacted to provide for road traffic administration and make provisions for road traffic and vehicle inspection in Lagos State and other connected purposes” says in this regard?

Section 24, under the heading: “Offenses Relating to Bus Rapid Transit” states in subsection (24d) that, “being a driver or conductor of a commercial fails to wear the standard uniform as prescribed by the ministry whilst engaged as a driver, or conductor.

Section 25, under the heading, “Use of unregistered or unmasked vehicle prohibited” states that, “any person who drives or, being the owner, permits any other person to drive on a highway a motor vehicle which”- subsection (a) says, “is not registered or licensed; or subsection (b) says, “does not have affixed to it an identification mark in the prescribed manner, shall be guilty of an offence”.

PENALTY AS PRESCRIBED BY THE LAW
Section 36-1, of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law, under the heading, “General Penalty” states as follows, “any person who fails to comply with any of the provision of this law for which no specific penalty is provided commits an offence and shall be liable on conviction as follows;

(a) As a first offender to a fine of twenty thousand Naira (N20,000.00K);
(b) As a subsequent offender to a fine of thirty thousand Naira (N30,000.00) or to imprisonment for a term of three (3) years or both.

Section 36-2, elucidates further on the consequences of a conviction on the Lagos State Traffic Law. Subsection (2) states that “in addition to any penalty that may be provided for failure to comply with any provision of this law or the Lagos State Traffic Management Law, where such failure occurs, the vehicle may, upon conviction be forfeited to the state.

Section 36-2-(3) states, “in sentencing a person convicted of committing an offence under this law, the court may, in addition to or in lieu of the prescribed sentence, direct the suspension or revocation of the driver’s license, and order the person convicted to-

(a) render community service in accordance with the provision of section 347 of the Administration of Criminal Justice Law 2011;
(b) enrol for and attend courses of the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute for a period of not less than 7 days, at his cost, or
(c) to both community service and enrolment in the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute”

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