New Lagos traffic directive not relaxation of law – Perm Sec
Following the directive by Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode, to officials of the State Transport Management Authority (LASTMA) that vehicles of traffic offenders should not be impounded any longer, over 500 motorists who contravened traffic laws in the state have been booked.
Agencies responsible traffic management in for the state, LASTMA and Vehicle Inspection Office (VIO) disclosed yesterday that the increasing traffic gridlock being experienced across the state was not unconnected with the misinterpretation of the directive of the governor to the agencies that traffic laws be interpreted with human face and total courtesy.
Briefing State House correspondents at the State Secretariat, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Transportation Mr. SeyiWhenu, said Governor Ambode’s directive to LASTMA and VIO should not be misinterpreted as relaxation of enforcement, noting that anyone caught violating the traffic law would be prosecuted.
Whenu said the state government was committed to ensuring absolute enforcement of traffic laws, adding that lawless motorists won’t escape justice.
“The state government is not unaware of the traffic gridlock that is increasing in the state in recent time but most of the gridlocks are caused by massive construction and rehabilitation of roads that is going on and measures are being put in place to checkmate this.
“On enforcement, over 500 road traffic offenders have been ticketed till date. Officials of LASTMA are on the road enforcing traffic laws diligently. They are not disgruntled in anyway”, he said.
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