The Lagos State Mobile Court, in a joint traffic law enforcement operation with the Lagos State Environmental and Special Offences Unit (Task Force), have impounded 15 vehicles and tried its drivers for sundry traffic offences on the spot.
This was made known by the Lagos state Head of Press and Public Relations, Mr. Femi Moliki, on Monday, 2nd August.
The joint operation which was led by the Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye and Coordinator, Lagos State Mobile Court, Mrs. Arinola Ogbara – Banjoko impounded vehicles along Lagos Abeokuta BRT corridor and Ikeja Under Bridge, Ikeja for the various offences.
While about ten vehicles were impounded for plying BRT corridor and tried at Cement Bus Stop on Lagos – Abeokuta Expressway. Five Lagos colour commercial buses were said to be impounded for willfully obstructing traffic at Ikeja Under Bridge and were immediately tried at Allen Bus Stop, Lagos.
Mr. Moliki confirmed that, “The Chairman, Lagos State Taskforce, CSP Shola Jejeloye, said the operation was aimed at reducing traffic offences in the metropolis noting that it is worrisome the manner motorists abuse the use of BRT Lane.
He pointed out that apart from BRT buses, only operational vehicles and ambulances with patients on emergencies are allowed to also ply the BRT lane. He added that all manner of excuses from people using the BRT lane would not be entertained as it is a grievous offence in the state.
Lagos state Head of Press and Public Relations also said, “CSP Jejeloye stressed that the team was out to curb traffic offences in order to make our road safer for other road users.
The Coordinator of the Lagos Mobile Court, Mrs Arinola Ogbara – Banjoko reiterating CSP Jejeloye’s statement said that “safety on the road is crucial in a megacity like Lagos” and added that offences like driving against traffic are serious offence that shouldn’t be taken lightly in Lagos state.
Mrs Arinola Ogbara – Banjoko also stated that the joint operation of the two agencies aimed at minimizing traffic offences on the road, would hold weekly while CSP Jejeloye affirmed that the weekly operation would be sustained.
Vehicles impounded with their drivers charged and tried for various offences such: driving on BRT, obstruction, expired papers, no registration among other offences are: FST 749 EE (Mitsubishi Montero); JJJ 228 DU (Mercedes S500); KTU 115 BM (Space Bus); 3 unregistered Volkswagen buses; EKY 346 DY (Honda Accord); KRD 493 FA (Toyota Corolla); FKJ 736 DY (Honda Accord); LND 371 FE (Sienna); KSF 520 BD (Corolla); KJA 742 DY (Toyota Solara); KL 579 AAA (Land Rover); MUS 19 BW (JAC Truck) and SLK 778 GC (Toyota Sienna).