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Police to clampdown on users of unregistered vehicles

For the avoidance of doubt, Section 4(1) of the Road Traffic Act, Cap 548 prohibits the use of unregistered, unlicensed and unmarked vehicles. 

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If in this new year, you plan to drive around Lagos in an unregistered vehicle or your number plate is defaced, heed this warning before you are made a scapegoat.

Lagos State Police Command has issued a 7-day ultimatum to owners and operators of unregistered vehicles in Lagos State to register their vehicles or face the full weight of the law. 

The order affects vehicles without plate numbers, vehicles with covered, defaced or fake plate numbers, escorts vehicles without plate numbers and illegal plate numbers showing names, titles or positions.

The law also has no plans to respect traditional chiefs or celebrities who use numbers plates with special inscriptions like ‘Chief' ‘Chairman’ ‘Ambassador’ ‘Baale' ‘Iya loja' ‘Sarki' or bearing personal name, except such customizations are registered as required by law.

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,” the Lagos Police PRO, DSP Bala Elkana, told newsmen on Sunday.

He said that the Commissioner of Police Lagos State, CP Hakeem Odumosu has set up a Special Operations to clampdown on violators of Traffic laws and to embark on massive enforcement at the expiration of the seven days ultimatum.
“The ultimatum will start from Monday January 6, 2020 and elapse by 11.59pm on Sunday January 12, 2020. The massive clampdown begins on Monday, January 13, 2020 until sanity is restored to our roads. 

"This enforcement becomes necessary considering the fact that criminal elements in recent past have deviced 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.

"For the avoidance of doubt, Section 4(1) of the Road Traffic Act, Cap 548 prohibited the use of unregistered, unlicensed and unmarked vehicles. 

"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 under Section 32 of the Act. 

"See also the provisions of Lagos State Traffic Law for various offences. 
Traffic violators will instantly be arraigned before Lagos State Special Offences Mobile Court," he explained.

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