Lagos State Government yesterday, directed officials of the State Traffic Management Authority (LASTMA) to immediately stop impounding and towing broken down vehicles.

The Acting Commissioner for Transportation, Prince Nofiu Elegushi, who issued the directive, said LASTMA officials should rather lend a helping hand to owners of broken down vehicles. 

Elegushi, who charged officials to give the LASTMA a new lease of life, said the broken down vehicles should be towed to owners’ mechanic workshops and not LASTMA yards and that owners of such vehicles should no longer be fined as was the usual practice.

According to him, vehicle owners, based on understanding, should pay towing charges. Elegushi explained that this feat would not only assist motorists out of a difficult situation, it would aid free flow of traffic by the prompt action of LASTMA operatives.

The Commissioner urged the public to see LASTMA officials as friends and treat them as such. 

According to him, the LASTMA officials would be better appreciated, when owners of broke down vehicles are quickly assisted.

He, however, warned that broken down vehicles should not be repaired on the road.


Chris Kehinde Nwandu is the Editor In Chief of CKNNEWS || He is a Law graduate and an Alumnus of Lagos State University, Lead City University Ibadan and Nigerian Institute Of Journalism || With over 2 decades practice in Journalism, PR and Advertising, he is a member of several Professional bodies within and outside Nigeria || Member: Institute Of Chartered Arbitrators ( UK ) || Member : Institute of Chartered Mediators And Conciliation || Member : Nigerian Institute Of Public Relations || Member : Advertising Practitioners Council of Nigeria || Fellow : Institute of Personality Development And Customer Relationship Management || Member and Chairman Board Of Trustees: Guild Of Professional Bloggers of Nigeria

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