The Lagos State Government has again placed an indefinite suspension with immediate effect on the entire ad-hoc teams of the Committee on Removal of Abandoned Vehicles (RAVC) operating in the 20 Local Governments (LGs) and 37 Local Council Development Areas (LCDAs) in Lagos State.
The suspension was contained in a directive issued to the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, as a result of several complaints of extortion and harassment of members of the public by RAVC.
The complaints which were coming in torrents had caused embarrassment to the State Government despite several reviews conducted on the operational guidelines of the team.
The directive warned that any ad-hoc team found operating after this notice will be handed over to the Law Enforcement Agencies for trial and prosecution in accordance with the Law of the State as captured in the Traffic Sector Reform Law (TSRL) 2018.
While the general public is urged to take cognizance of the latest order, owners of abandoned vehicles posing environmental nuisance as well as security and traffic impediments must remove them from the roads.
The media statement by the transport commissioner, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, warned that negligence will not be condoned as an excuse for violation of the Traffic Laws of the State.
Recall that the Removal of Abandoned Vehicles Committee’s (RAVC) earlier suspension was lifted on 30th December 2021.