The Federal Road Safety Corps on Friday proposed a high increase on the traffic light violation fine from N4,000 to N50,000 to begin on 2020.
Disclosing this in Abuja, FRSC Corps Marshal, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, said he had proposed to the Joint Tax Board that the traffic light violation fine increase should deter erring motorists.
Oyeyemi said this at the first ‘ember month stakeholders forum’ organised by the FRSC in collaboration with the Federal Competition and Consumer Protection Commission.
The corps marshal said personnel would continue to arrest and sanction motorists using phones while driving.
He explained that drivers were free to use Google map, but said the phone should be placed on the dashboard with both hands on the steering wheel.
Oyeyemi said, “You cannot hold the phone with one hand and drive with the other while using Google map. That is distracted driving, and the law is clear on that. When you stop people for traffic violations, their lawyer would write to you and threaten to sue. FRSC has 120 lawyers, and I will recruit more next year. The level of violent reactions in this country is alarming.
“We have noticed the rising cases of traffic light violations, and so, we are going to increase the minimum fine to N50,000 from N4,000. Offenders will also undergo an emotional, psychological test at the hospital to determine if they are fit to drive.”
The Chief Executive Officer, FCCPC, Babatunde Irukera, said his agency would ensure that fleet owners in the country took passenger insurance to protect their customers during trips better.
He also said the commission would also roll out a policy on ageing vehicles owned by fleet firms, noting that “prioritising the protection of people will not be negotiated.”