In this article, i will attempt to show you in great details all the traffic rules and regulations in Nigeria, as issued by the Federal Road Safety Commission FRSC, and how you can put this knowledge into good use. The reason for this article was borne out of the need to fill a void that our team of experts have identified. The gap being that a lot of law-abiding Nigerians have faced a lot of avoidable problems with the law enforcement agencies as a result of lack of knowledge. Hence, in seeking to make this knowledge available, this post emerged.
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It is no longer news that accident on our major roads in Nigeria has become a recurrent decimal, which claims lots of redeemable lives. This happens mostly because somebody at a particular time either don’t know about the traffic rules or has deliberately refused to obey it. In order to ensure order in the society and reduce the rate of accidents, certain road safety measures have been implemented by FRSC.
There are road safety rules that applies to drivers alone, while there are the ones that applies to the passers-byes on the street. The goal of the both is to ensure order and reduce traffic and accidents. In Nigeria, we have quite a number of rules to this effect. Hence, without expending more time, lets get started.
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Basic Traffic Rules In Nigeria (Updated 2019)
As previously stated, there are many traffic rules in Nigeria which are all targeted at reducing conjections and accidents on the road. Below is the list of most basic traffic rules in Nigeria and how you can apply them safely.
- Maintain Your Left-hand Side While Driving: This may obviously be the most fundamental road safety rule anywhere in the world. Drivers are expected to drive by the left hand side of the road, in order to allow the other driver coming through the opposite to have an easy passage way, and avoid collision. The idea here is based on the rationality of drivers. As you maintain your left, its also expected that the next driver from the opposite direction is maintaining his left too. With this, accident is greatly reduced, and everyone is happy.
- Move Slow On Bends And Corners: Another rule is to always slow down on bends. Most of the time, drivers always feels like driving like James Bond or fast and furious. And that alone is the most reason accidents happens in Nigeria.
- Move Slowly On Road Congections: Here comes another rule which you must obey. Anytime that the road is congested, you must drive as slow as possible, while looking out for the pedestrians.
- Go Within The Speed Limit: It should be noted that there are various speed limits which drivers are expected to drive with, depending on the nature of the road at a given time. If you are around a school or hospital, its recommended that you slow down, to avoid hitting the passers-byes. However, when you are on highways, then you can increase your speed limit.
- Maintain The Right Distance: Most accident happens because a particular driver fails to keep to a fair distance from the other drivers. Hence, while driving, you must stay at lease 30 feet from the other car in front of you. This is to enable you take full control of your staring wheel, and avoid accident.
- Understand And Follow Road Signals: The road signals that you see by the road side are not just there, no. The all represent something. Each signal tells you something that you should do at a particular time in order to avert danger ahead. Hence, as a rule, you are expected to understand these symbols and there applications. With that, many accidents can be averted.
Consequences Of Disobeying Traffic Rules
Just as expected, any law without a cohesive base cannot be said to be a law, but mere proclamation. However, as can be expected, there are certain consequences that are associated with breaking any aspect of the human law, this includes traffic laws.
There are certain requirements and rules by FRSC that both drivers and pedestrians are expected to know and obey. Hence, the defaulters of this rules will immediately be arrested by FRSC, and prosecuted accordingly. Below is the list of things that constitute traffic offenses according to FRSC.
Vehicle Related Offences
- Driving a vehicle without any learning license is a crime by FRSC standards
- Driving a car in Nigeria without a proper car license of identification is also another crime
- Driving either a car, a tricycle or motorbike in such a reckless way that can constitute public disturbance is a crime.
- Having some forged papers of a car is a crime
- It’s also another serious crime to be driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Driving any form of locomotive that has the capacity of destroying any public property like street light, electric cables etc is a crime.
- Driving a car with over load is another crime by FRSC
- If your cars screen is broken, it will constitute a big crime to drive it
- Driving without a spare tyre or if your tyres have been worn out is another crime.
- Not having a fire extinguisher in your car is a crime
- Driving a car or motorbike or tricycle that produces a lot of smoke is a crime
- To drive a car with double deck in Nigeria is a crime. If you don’t know what a double deck car looks like, look at the picture below.
Road Signal Disobedience
- Disobeying the traffic light signals constitute a very serious offence in Nigeria.
- To disobey the road markings, by riding through the areas that is against the road markings is an offence. All those road markings are not there for fancy, the represent certain things that you should look at for.
- A wrongful use of light trafigator is an offence because it sends a wrong signal to the other persons and drivers.
- Using a road that has been marked No Access or Construction Ongoing is an offence.
- Disregarding the speed limits at road sign posts is another crime.
As law-abiding citizens that desires to see our society in the best possible state, its always advisable to play by the rules. This does not only help the community, it also helps you the individual to avoid any unnecessary embarrassment by the law enforcement agencies.
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