Lagos State Government has again placed the entire ad-hoc teams of the Committee on Removal of Abandoned Vehicles (RAVC) operating in the 20 Local Governments (LGs) and 37 Local Council Development Area (LCDAs) in Lagos State on an indefinite suspension with immediate effect.
Commissioner for Transportation Dr. Frederic Oladeinde, made this known in a statement on Thursday.
He said the directive issued by the Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, was 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 statement continued, “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 advise 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 30th December, 2021 in view of several appraisal and review of the operational guidelines of the team by the State Government.”