The Lagos State Police Command has issued 7-day ultimatum to owners and drivers of unregistered vehicles, those without number plates and vehicles with covered, defaced or fake number plates to register such, replace the number plates or face the full weight of the law.
In the statement signed by the Command’s Public Relations Officer, DSP Bala Elkana, escorts vehicles without number plates and illegal number plates showing names, titles or positions are also affected by the ultimatum which elapses “11.59pm on 12th January, 2020”.
In the directive by the State Commissioner of Police, Hakeem Odumosu, “users of plate numbers with special inscriptions like ‘Chief’ ‘Chairman’ ‘Ambassador’ ‘Baale’ ‘Iya loja’ ‘Sarki’ or bearing personal name among others are required by law to register such customise plate numbers”.
Additionally, “escorts vehicles and bullion vans must also be registered. It is not enough to inscribe just the word ‘Escort’ or ‘Pilot ‘ as it is not sufficient enough to track such vehicle. Vehicles displayed for sale in various car stands must (also) have the dealer’s sticker conspicuously pasted for easy identification”.
At the expiration of the 7 days ultimatum, enforcement of extant provisions of Section 4 (1) of the Road Traffic Act, Cap 548 which prohibits the use of unregistered, unlicensed and unmarked vehicles will begin across the State.
Under Section 32 of the Act, “any person who forges or fraudulently defaces, alters, mutilates or adds anything to a license or identification mark or uses on one vehicle a license or identification mark belonging to another vehicle is guilty of an offence”. The Special Operations already set up by the Police Commissioner to clampdown on violators of traffic laws in the State has been mandated to embark on massive enforcement against violators of number plates.
The police say, the enforcement becomes necessary considering the fact that criminal elements in recent past have device a means of operating with such vehicles to attack unsuspecting members of the public without any trace. A recent example was a case that occurred at Allen Avenue, Ikeja where an operator of bureau de change was attacked, robbed and murdered by a criminal gang that used an unregistered vehicle, making it difficult for detectives to track the vehicle.
In its enforcement of the provisions of the Lagos State Traffic Law for various offences in the last few weeks, 75 persons have been arrested with 75 vehicles impounded for driving against traffic also known as one way and indiscriminate parking in different parts of the State. The police spokesperson says, 28 of the offenders were arrested for driving against traffic while the rest were arrested for indiscriminate parking at different clubs and businesses in the State that result in major obstructions on the highways and streets causing traffic gridlock.
It would be recalled that CP Odumosu had on assumption of duty in the State Command declared a state of emergency on traffic management and control to restore sanity on the streets and highways in Lagos State.
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