Thursday, July 10, 2003

LASG bans right-hand drive vehicles

Lagos State government has banned vehicles with its steering located on the right hand side on its public roads in the state.

The State Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Muiz Banire disclosed this on Wednesday unlike speaking with newsmen in his office at the state secretariat, Alausa, Ikeja.

Mr. Banire said that the state government has noticed with great displeasure the sudden and steady growth in the number of right hand vehicles driven on Lagos roads despite its ban since 1972.

While saying that the state was not prepared to allow anything to compound the already chaotic situation, he lamented that the state had had her fair share of road accidents resulting from both human and mechanical faults.

The commissioner warned that the state was prepared better than ever before to enforce the regulation which stipulates that vehicles with right hand steering apparatus should not be driven on Nigerian roads.

He admonished men of the Nigerian Customs and Exercise and all other related agencies to enforce the law banning the importation of right hand vehicles to the letter.

To ensure compliance with the provision of the law, as it is related to this regulation, the state government has directed all law enforcement agents to impound any such vehicles found on any road within the state.

He added that offenders would be prosecuted in a court of competent jurisdiction.