Motorists in 12 Nigerian States Contribute N2.1 Billion in Fines for Traffic Violations in 9 Months

Motorists in 12 Nigerian States Contribute N2.1 Billion in Fines for Traffic Violations in 9 Months

Over the course of nine months, traffic violators in a dozen Nigerian states have contributed a substantial N2.1 billion in fines, as reported by Open Nigerian States, a website dedicated to archiving government budget data and supported by budgIT. Lagos State, the commercial hub of Nigeria, emerged with the highest tally of traffic offenders, resulting in the state collecting N1.9 billion during the reviewed period, according to PUNCH.

Osun State followed with fines amounting to N32.4 million, trailed by Oyo (N27.4 million), Ogun (N20.5 million), Plateau (N14.6 million), Delta (N9.1 million), Niger (N7.9 million), Cross-Rivers (N3.6 million), Enugu (N2.7 million), Kogi (N1.8 million), and Adamawa (N0.987 million).

The prevalence of fines in Lagos is somewhat expected given its dense population, as it stands as the most populous state in Nigeria and the entire African continent. Notably, Lagos State’s Transport Sector Reform Law, 2018, outlines fines for first-time offenders, including N20,000 for driving without a valid license, with subsequent violations incurring either a N20,000 fine or the additional penalty of vehicle impoundment.

Offenses such as disobeying traffic control personnel attract a N20,000 fine for first-time offenders, escalating to a N30,000 fine for subsequent violations, coupled with the possibility of vehicle impoundment or enrollment in the Lagos State Drivers’ Institute (LASDRI) Training. Failure to remit penalty fees within the stipulated time results in double the initial penalty.

A previous study conducted by the Danne Institute for Research highlighted that Lagos experiences an annual loss of N4 trillion due to traffic congestion. The study identified behavioral factors, poor road infrastructure, activities of “agberos” at bus stops, buses picking up passengers, and violations of traffic laws as primary contributors. The report further revealed that Lagos residents spend an average of 2.21 hours commuting daily, with 45 percent spending more than two hours on their daily commutes.


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