29th July, 2010
The Lagos State Command of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), have so far arrested 27,872 drivers for committing 33,197 offences between January and June, this year.
A breakdown of arrest within this period shows that seatbelt violation (SBV), Light Caution Violation (LCV), Fire Extinguisher Violation (FEV), Number Plate Violation (NPV), Wind Screen Violation (WSV), Overloading Violation (OLV), were the most prevalent offences with a total of 10,007 (SBV), 9,813 (LCV), 3,599 (FEV), 2,381 (NPV), ,019 (WSV), and 1,001 (OLV) offences respectively.
Other offences include Red Flag Violation (RFV), Mechanically Deficient Vehicle (MDV), Route Violation (RTV), Road Obstruction Violation (ROV), Passenger Manifest Violation (PMV), Worn out Tyre Violation (WTV), Spare Tyre Violation (STV), Excessive Smoke Emission (UPWD).
Following this development, the command will soon flag off a special enforcement tagged operation â€œbuckle upâ€ meant to raise the seat belt culture within the state.
The Command in February 2010 flagged off a Child Passenger Safety Campaign aimed at increasing the use of car seat for children under 12 years old in keeping with the provisions of Section 43 (4 & 5) of the National Road Traffic Regulation, 2004.
Meanwhile, the Command will from next week commence arrest of drivers with plastic or defaced number plates or without any number plate as this contravenes the provisions of section 21 of the National Road Traffic Regulations, 2004.
The clampdown will also specifically target government vehicles in the state guilty of violating this provision, in addition to private car owners who indulge in transferring number plates from one vehicle to another especially from government vehicles contrary to the provisions of section 21 (6) which states that, â€œexcept as otherwise provided under these regulations, no number plates shall be transferred from one vehicle or trailer to another and it shall be an offence under these regulations for any person to make any transfer except in accordance with these regulations.â€
Section 21(4) of the same regulations, states that â€œNo part of the number plates of a trailer or a motor vehicle other than a motorcycle shall be in any manner obscured and the plate shall at all times be kept in such condition that the letters and figures thereof are clearly distinguishable in day light by a person of normal vision at a distance of thirty meters and in the case of motorcycles at a distance of fifteen metres.â€
It further states that â€œall vehicles, private and commercial, shall as from the commencement of these regulations, have on them the vehicle identification number plates referred to in these regulations and it shall be an offence for any vehicle not to have the said identification number plates.â€
Motorists are hereby advised to ensure strict compliance to avoid arrest and prosecution.