Lagos Suspends Abandoned Vehicle Removal Committee Activities –

The Lagos State Government has again indefinitely suspended all Abandoned Vehicle Removal Committee (RAVC) ad hoc teams operating in all 20 Local Governments (LGs) and 37 Development Areas Local Councils (LCDA) in Lagos State with immediate effect.

The suspension of the committee’s activities was contained in a directive issued to the Transport Commissioner, Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, by the Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, following several complaints of extortion. and harassment. members of the public by RAVC.

The development caused embarrassment to the state government despite several reviews being conducted on the team’s operational guidelines.

The directive warned that any member of the committee or its team found active after this notice will be handed over to law enforcement for trial and prosecution in accordance with state law as reflected in the Sector Reform Act. of traffic (TSRL) 2018.

The order must be noticed by the general public, while the owners of abandoned vehicles posing environmental nuisances as well as hindrances to safety and traffic must remove them from the roads. Negligence will not be tolerated as an excuse for violation of state traffic laws.

Recall that the Abandoned Vehicle Removal Committee (RAVC) was suspended earlier with the suspension lifted on December 30, 2021 in view of several assessments and revisions to the team’s operational guidelines by the state government.

The state government has now reimposed the ban on the committee after several complaints and representations against its activities by members of the public who mostly border on extortion.

Sara H. Byrd