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Nigerian road users often fall prey to blackmail for prosecution. Imagine a LASTMA employee checking your car documents. This is not absurd, but a blow to his employer. LASTMA officials are not intended to check the vehicle nor to ask for vehicle information. Ignorance is not an excuse in court, so it is useful to know the duties of individual law enforcement agencies and try to decipher their policies and responsibilities.
There are 4 licensed law firms that are required by law to regulate traffic, car and roads in Nigeria. While some are limited to state roads, the rest is everywhere. For the people of Lagos, the fear of LASTMA, VIO, FRSC and the police is a wisdom, but mostly because of the way we fear them, most of the time we act because of illegality. For example, a video was posted on Twitter at the weekend between a LASTMA employee and a Taxify driver. The LASTMA employee reportedly asks for the driver's documents and other items. What most motorists do not know is not their duty, this is the duty reserved only for FRSC and the police and not for LASTMA or VIO.
AutoReportNG has decided to get its readers to learn about the responsibilities of LASTMA, VIO, FRSC, and the police on the highways in Nigeria.
Lagos State Traffic Management Authority is a state authority in Lagos under the Ministry of Transport. The agency was founded in 2000 to transform the state transport system to ensure the free flow of traffic in the state and to reduce traffic accidents. People usually pronounce "LASTMA" as "LASMA" instead of last-ma
Responsibilities and responsibilities of the Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA)
ROLES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
– Control, management and regulation of transport related matters in Lagos Metropolis
– Public information and education of motorists and motorists on the proper use of the highways
– Traffic safety and accident management
– Investigation of the behavior of drivers and road safety
– Install and maintain traffic control equipment on the highways
– Contact other traffic management agencies
– development of a culture of regulation, control and management of transport throughout the country;
– ensuring a smooth flow of traffic on the Strait of Lagos;
– Development of the most efficient and effective means of improving safety
– cooperate with bodies, organizations or groups working on road safety or preventing accidents on motorways;
– establishment of plants and equipment to improve the flow of traffic and advice to the competent road construction offices where such works and equipment are required;
– Identification, development, promotion and maintenance of new or alternative methods of traffic management and traffic safety
VIS / VIO
Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) is a directorate in the Department of Transportation. The service is set up to monitor, control and enforce the roadworthiness of motor vehicles in the State.
Duties of VIO
– Verification of vehicles before approval
– Cooperation with other authorities to enforce traffic rules and regulations
– Provision of accessible emergency services
– Cooperate with relevant authorities working in the field of road safety or preventing accidents on motorways
– Review and issue of a Road Worthiness Certificate (RWC) for all vehicles
– Make sure that all vehicles driven on the road are ready to drive at all times
– Training and examination of applicants for the driving license
– Training and testing of applicants for the driver card
– carrying out inspections and drawing up a report on accident vehicles in the State
– Creation and maintenance of registers and a database of all issued and withdrawn certificates
The Federal Road Safety Commission is the government agency with legal responsibilities for road safety administration in Nigeria. Founded in 1988, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) operates in all Nigerian states and the federal capital city, and is the lead agency responsible for managing and managing road safety in Nigeria. The statutory functions include: securing motorways for motorists and other road users, checking road safety of vehicles, recommending construction works and infrastructures to eliminate or minimize accidents on motorways and educating motorists and the public about the importance of road discipline to motorways.
– Make the highway safe for drivers and other road users.
– Recommendation of plants and equipment designed to prevent or minimize accidents on motorways
– Educating motorists and the public about the importance of discipline on the highway.
– Avoid or minimize accidents on the highway
– Elimination of obstacles on the highways
– educating drivers, motorists and other citizens in general about the proper use of motorways
– design and production of the driver license for different categories of vehicle operators
– from time to time determining the requirements that an applicant must apply to a driving license
– Design and production of vehicle license plates
– The standardization of the Highway Code
– to give the victims of accidents immediate attention and care
– To investigate the causes of motor accidents and methods for their prevention and use of the results of these investigations
– Definition and enforcement of speed limits for all categories of roads and vehicles and control of the use of speed limiters
– Collaboration with bodies or agencies or groups on road safety or in the prevention of accidents on motorways
– Issue of regulations related to any of the functions assigned to the Corps by or under this Act.
– Regulation of the use of sirens, turn signals and beacons on vehicles other than ambulances and vehicles of the Armed Forces, the police of Nigeria, the fire brigade and other para-military posts
– Provision of road clinics and mobile clinics for the free treatment of accident victims
– Regulation of the use of mobile phones by motorists
– Regulation of the use of safety belts and other safety devices
– Regulation of the use of motorcycles on the highway
– maintenance of the period of validity of driving licenses, which must be renewed after the expiry of the period of validity for three years
In performing the duties, members of the Commission may arrest and prosecute those reasonably suspected of having committed a traffic offense.
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