Display Of Vehicles: Govt Warns Auto Dealers


The Lagos State Government has re-echoed its warning to auto dealers and individuals against display of vehicles for sale at unregistered premises as such act negates the law regulating the activities of Motor Vehicle and Spare Parts Dealers in the state.


Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Motor Vehicle Administration Agency (MVAA), Mr. Akin Hanson, at the weekend, lamented that the agency had noted with dismay, the wave of display of vehicles for sale at unregistered premises particularly, roadsides, petrol stations, eateries and kerbs.


“This attitude constitutes a nuisance to the environment, impedes movement of pedestrians and free flow of the traffic. The agency has embarked on campaign to enlighten dealers on the law regulating sale of motor vehicles and spare parts in the state in addition to the regular stakeholders’ meetings held to further enlighten them.


“It would be a sheer pretence for any auto or spare part dealer to feign ignorance of the law regulating the business. Auto dealers should not take the humane approach of government in enforcing the law regulating auto business for granted as it has the capacity to enforce the law to the letter,” he warned.


Hanson urged unregistered individuals willing to sell either registered or fairly used imported vehicles to go through registered dealers as direct sales transaction was unlawful, explaining that government had put in place a tripartite arrangement which allowed individuals to sell vehicles to members of the public only through registered motor vehicle dealers.


He added that any vehicle sold outside this arrangement would not be issued change of ownership at the motor licensing offices, while appealing to members of the public to desist from buying vehicles by the roadsides as such were often from questionable sources and could put buyers into trouble.


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