By Gbenga Oke,
THE Federal Road Safety Commission, FRSC, has restated that it has statutory powers to impose fines on traffic offenders.
FRSC said contrary to reports that a Federal High Court has stopped the commission from imposing fines on motorists, the agency can still impose fines on motorists who violates traffic rules.
In a statement, yesterday, by its spokesperson, Bisi Kazeem, the FRSC stated that those opposed to payment of fines, have the option of challenging their notice of offence in court.
The statement reads: “The FRSC is aware of the post trending on the social media which is the handiwork of mischief makers that a Federal High court in Lagos has just decided that the FRSC has no powers to arrest, issue fines ticket, impose fines and impound offenders vehicles. What happened was that one Barrister Tope Alabi challenged the powers of the FRSC to arrest him and impound his vehicle and make him pay fines for offences alleged. The FHC presided over by Justice Tsoho held that FRSC had no such powers. This was in September, 2014, but the agency has appealed the court judgement and the appeal is yet to be decided.”