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Thursday, 25 August 2016

LAGOS STATE REACTS TO NEWS REGARDING THE IMPLEMENTATION OF E-TICKETING CURRENTLY CIRCULATING THE SOCIAL MEDIA. (PRESS RELEASE)


LAGOS STATE GOVERNMENT
MINISTRY OF TRANSPORTATION

It has come to the attention of this Ministry that a notice of intervention to enforce is currently circulating in the social media and has been attributed to it.

For the avoidance of doubt and for clarification purposes, the Ministry has not issued any such statement of intention to enforce through Electronic Billing System. 

The system is not new or specific to the Ministry. It is the fines and fees segment of the central Billing System of the State Government that has come into effect a few months earlier. The use of e – tickets is not just taking off.

As part of the Central Billing System adopted by the Lagos State Government to manage its revenue process, the fines imposed by Agencies under the Ministry of Transportation has been changed to e – ticketing.

The Electronic Billing System, an automation system, involves removal of hand written tickets and its replacement with an electronically generated fine ticket which makes it less susceptible to human frailties.

The introduction, which is to be generally implemented by all the agencies of the State Government, is already being implemented by concerned agencies including the Ministry of Transportation of which LASTMA and Vehicle Inspection Service (VIS) are part.

Fines to be paid are in accordance with the provisions of the Lagos State Road Traffic Law 2012 schedule I dealing with “Traffic Offences Penalties”. The fines ranges from N20, 000.00 (Twenty Thousand Naira) only to N250, 000.00 (Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) only depending on the offence and the number of times such a person has been apprehended.

While noting that the Ministry of Transportation is committed to promoting the culture of safety and security on the road, we urge the general public to be obedient to the officials who are to see to management on traffic on the road as well as obey all regulations and rules as established by the Ministry in its quest for sanity on Lagos roads.

The introduction of the regime of e-tickets is not punitive as the State Government will prefer obedience to the law leading to sanity on the road than all the financial resources that could accrue from the exercise.

Road infraction fines are of general application and not specific to any group of motorists. The Ministry of Transportation and its Agencies are determined to ensure compliance to the provisions of the State’s Road Traffic Law 2012 and will do so mindful of the right of citizens.

Part of the information being circulated includes fines due to re-certification of drivers by Lagos State Drivers Institute (LASDRI).

While the statement stipulates fines and what offences attract fines as if they are new, we Will like to state that Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) and Vehicle Inspection Services (VIS) will only continue to operate within the confines of the Traffic Law of 2012 and not on any new rules.   

It is our hope that people become conversant with the provisions of the law rather than be caught in the web of mitigating consequences of disobeying the law.


Biola Fagunwa.
Director, Public Affairs,
Ministry of Transportation
Secretariat,
Alausa - Ikeja

09055522220/0904555222

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