By BENJAMIN OMOIKE
Lagos State Government has again placed an indefinite suspension on the entire ad-hoc teams on Removal of Abandoned Vehicles (RAVC) operating in the 20 Local Governments (LGs) and 37 Local Council Development Area (LCDAs) in with immediate effect.
The suspension, which was contained in a directive issued to the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, by the Governor of Lagos State, was as a result of several complaints of extortion and harassment of members of the public by RAVC, which is causing embarrassment to the State Government despite several reviews conducted on the operational guidelines of the team.
The directive warned that any ad-hoc team found operating after this notice, will be handed over to the Law Enforcement Agencies for trial and prosecution in accordance with the Law of the State as captured in the Traffic Sector Reform Law (TSRL) 2018.
The directive, while requesting the general public to take note of the order also advised abandoned vehicle owners, which, hitherto pose as environmental nuisances, security and traffic impediment to remove them from the roads, as this directive is not an excuse for negligence of the Traffic Laws of the State.
It would be recalled that Removal of Abandoned Vehicles Committee, (RAVC), earlier suspension was lifted on December 30, 2021, in view of several appraisals and review of the operational guidelines of the team by the State Government.
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