The Lagos State Government monday unveiled a new enforcement approach to the state Road Traffic Law, putting paid to clamping tyres of erring vehicles; towing such vehicles and consequently impounding them until settlement of fines.
The state government also said the new approach requires capturing the offence on video, removing the number-plates of erring vehicles and putting a branded sticker on the windshield of the vehicles to inform the owner/drivers about their offences. The new method was detailed in a statement which the Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Mr. Steve Ayorinde and the Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice, Mr. Adeniji Kazeem co-signed monday.
The statement thus defended the new method of the state Task Force of Environmental and Special Offences (Enforcement Unit), which it said favoured the removal of number plates of erring vehicles over clamping down and towing of vehicles. It explained that any driver that violated the road traffic law would be invited for trial at the Special Offences Mobile Court, which it said, might sit at any nearby local government office or at the head office of the task force at Alausa, Ikeja. It pointed out that it was within the purview of the traffic law enforcement officers “to identify violators of traffic laws and have them booked and tried according to the peculiarities of their offences without clamping their tires or tow the vehicles.” It, therefore, denied allegations of highhandedness against officials of the Task Force and those of the Special Offences Tribunal (Mobile Court), thereby describing the coterie of complainants on social media as hypocritical and manipulative.