Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) on Friday commenced the booking of motorists that breach traffic laws as advocated by the state governor.
Governor Ambode had advocated the booking of offenders as against the arrest and impounding of their vehicles which was the erstwhile practice of LASTMA.
With the new method of traffic management booked offenders go away with their vehicles but are expected to pay their fines and answer other charges within seven days.
The Nation reports that four vehicles which violated the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) lane were arrested when the new traffic control regime began in Ojota.
LASTMA General Manager, Bashir Braimah, who led his men to the field, said the exercise was in line with the governor’s directive. He said that there would be no hiding place for traffic violators as they are expected to pay their fine within seven days and present their tickets at LASTMA offices.
Braimah said the offenders would be arrested if they did not pay after the expiration of the seven day grace.
“To those without valid documents or not registered in the state, there is a working synergy between the agency and other sister agencies across the federation, therefore no traffic offender will go unpunished. It’s in their own interest to either fall in or fall out with this new method,” he said.
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