Henceforth, Vehicles that are unregistered, defaced or having a fake plate number will have a date with the police and if found culpable will be prosecuted.
This is the new directive coming from the Lagos state police command in sustaining traffic management and avoiding crime perpetrators having their ways after using unregistered vehicles to commit a crime
In a statement made available to Urban Express-News online through the Lagos State Police Public Relation officer, Dsp Bala Elkana said escort vehicles without plate numbers and illegal plates showing names, titles or position is hereby given 7 days ultimatum to comply with the provision of the law or face enforcement.
The Ppro said Lagos state police command has issued seven days ultimatum to owners and operators of unregistered vehicles in Lagos state to register their vehicles or face the full weight of the law.
He words; “categories of vehicles affected are those with a covered or defaced plate numbers with fake plates and vehicles without numbers.
“Users of plates numbers with a special inscription like “chief,” chairman, Ambassador, Baale, "Iyaloja", "sarki", or bearing personal names among others are required by law to register such customize plates”
Elkana said it is not enough to inscribe just the word “escort” or Pilot as it is not sufficient enough to track such vehicles adding that vehicles displayed for sale in various car stand must have the dealer’s sticker conspicuously pasted for easy identification.
The commissioner of police, cp Hakeem Odumosu has set up a special operation to clampdown on violators of traffic laws and to embark on massive enforcement at the expiration of the ultimatum given.
The spokesman said the ultimatum will start from January six,2020 and elapse by 11.59pm on the 12th of January 2020, adding that massive clampdown will begin immediately after the said time expiration until sanity is restored to our roads.
He said 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.
He added’ that recently, an example was a case that occurred at Allen avenue, a location at Ikeja 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 such vehicle.
“For the avoidance of doubt, section 4(1) of the road traffic Act cap 548 prohibited the use of unregistered, unlicensed and unmarked vehicles”.
He said any person who forges or fraudulently deface, alter 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 under section 32 of the Act.
"Traffic violators will instantly be arraigned before Lagos state special offences at a mobile court".
Meanwhile, the onslaught against traffic violation has continued to yield more progress as operatives said it has again arrested 75 traffic violators and was charged in a mobile court and 75 vehicles impounded for driving against traffic and indiscriminate parking in different part of the state.
The statement put further that 28 offenders were arrested for driving against traffic, while others were arrested for driving against indiscriminate parking at different club and businesses in the state.
He said business owners and operators of clubs have a duty to ensure that their customers, staffs and visitors do not create obstruction on the roads where they operate for the benefit of other road users.
Vehicles impounded include private cars, commercial transports, trucks, bullion vans and escort vehicles.
"The commissioner of police, Lagos state cp Hakeem Odumosu maintained that the operation will be sustained and called on road users to obey traffic laws at all times".