LASTMA explains why it imposed fine of N60,000 on driver whose car ran out of fuel

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Lagos State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) has defended itself for asking a driver whose car ran out of fuel to pay sixty thousand Naira (N60,000).
Reacting to an online report on the incidence, LASTMA said it did no wrong, explaining that the fine was not arbitrary.
According to a statement by the agency, “LASTMA has not committed any illegality by impounding a vehicle abandoned on the road and causing wilful obstruction which is an offence in the law.
“It should be noted that LASTMA will not be irresponsible as to leave such vehicle on the road, so as not to disturb other road users, while the said sixty-thousand-naira (=N=60,000.00) fine is broken down into Wilful Obstruction – fifty thousand naira (=N=50,000.00) and Towing fee – ten thousand naira (=N=10,000.00) as specified in the Lagos State Transport Law of 2018. This does not amount to an arbitrary imposition of fine.”
Filade Olumide, Assistant . Director, Public Affairs, LASTMA who issued the statement added that  “The agency will not allow any person to constitute a nuisance to other road users in whatever form, as road users are expected to be responsible in maintaining their vehicles and have consideration for other road users. Imagine if all other road users are also allowed to act against the law, what would become of Lagos traffic?
“Fines and penalties are meant to serve as deterrent against another occurrence and for others to learn from. Government cannot afford to fail law abiding citizens of the State. Let us all join hands together for a greater Lagos.”
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