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Lists of the Nigerian Traffic Offenses That You Need To Know

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Lists of the Nigerian Traffic Offenses That You Need To Know


If you have been faulting the Nigerian Traffic Offenses, then ignorance of the law is never an excuse.

It is your responsibility as a driver to get yourself acquainted with the rules and regulations guiding your use of the Nigerian roads.

Every road user should be disciplined, careful and considerate to others on the road.

This is to ensure safer roads, thereby avoiding road crashes, arrest and prosecution as conferred by section 10(4) of the FRSC Establishment Act, 2007.

This article is part of a sequence: “Starting Your Free Drivers Training Tutorials at AB Drives. To get the most out of this session, it is expected you read the previous lessons before continuing this post! Course Module: Lesson One – The Law.

Nevertheless, below is the list of the Nigerian traffic offenses that you need to know and understand before going out there and driving people, your family or other passengers like yourself.


Lists of the Nigerian Traffic Offenses That You Need To Know


Therefore, it is an offense to:

  • Be on any road without vehicle lights or faulty lights, signs or reflector or wrongful use of signals


  • Obstruct any section of the road with vehicles or in any other way that may affect the free flow of traffic


  • Use a restricted road where it is marked “One Way” or “No Entry”


  • Disobey speed-limits erected at road construction areas or any other road


  • Drive a vehicle without a valid Learner’s permit, Drivers’ License or any other permit as required by law


  • Drive a vehicle without a valid Vehicle License or Vehicle Identification Mark being displayed


  • Overtake another vehicle wrongly


  • Disobey traffic light signals


  • Disobey or disregard road signs or pavement markings


  • Drive a vehicle, a two or three wheel cycle on any road in a reckless manner that will be dangerous to other road users


  • Drive a vehicle or motorcycle with forged vehicle papers or license


  • Drive a vehicle or motorcycle under the influence of drugs or alcohol


  • Drive a vehicle or motorcycle or any mechanically propelled engine that would result in the damage to any public presence, street light, traffic lights, road signs etc


  • Engage in any act of commission or omission which may constitute hazard to other road users


  • Remove from a vehicle, the sign, “Do not move”


  • Use a road that is under construction


  • Fail to move over to the slow lane to free up traffic flow where necessary


  • Uncover gravel or other unstable materials with tarpaulin or strong plastics to stop it spilling on the road


  • Cover number plate at the front or rear sides of the vehicle


  • Load a vehicle above the weight of passengers required by law


the Nigerian Traffic Offenses


  • Drive a vehicle with projected objects or load


  • Obstruct or assault road marshal in the performance of his/her duty


  • Drive a vehicle with damaged or shattered windscreen


  • Drive a vehicle with worn-out tiers or without spare tire


  • Drive a vehicle that is mechanically defective


  • Drive a vehicle without a fire extinguisher


  • Assault a marshal on duty


  • Corrupt a marshal on duty


  • Fail to report at designated place by a traffic offender


  • Drive a vehicle that emits excessive smoke


  • Drive a commercial vehicle without a passenger manifest


  • Use your GSM phone while driving


  • Driver under 18 years of age


  • Ply the road by commercial drivers and conductors without badges


  • Ply the road without side and inner rear mirrors


  • Drink, eat or smoke while driving


  • Drive a double-decker bus in Nigeria


  • Fail to use your headlight s during inclement weather


  • Fail to signal when changing lanes, making a turn or pulling in front of another vehicle


  • Fail to properly secure under-aged children in an approved school safety seat or booster seat


  • Travel in a bed of a pick-up truck by any person


  • Fail to use belts while driving


  • Fail to pay any prescribed fine or other fees under the law


  • Provide incorrect address under the law


  • Reject accident victims by hospital medical personnel


  • Ride a motorcycle without a crash helmet properly strapped to the head and fastened under the chin47. Drive with one hand


  • Drive with one hand



The Nigerian road enforcement agencies which the Nigerian Police Force, the Federal Road Safety Corps, the State Security Service, and the VIO are well equipped to enforce these rules and regulations.

If stopped by any of these road enforcement agencies while driving a motor vehicle in Nigeria, you must STOP and follow any lawful order or direction of any such officer.

Failure to comply with road enforcement instructions may result in a fine, arrest or your vehicle impounded.

In addition, you will be responsible for providing your valid driver license, vehicle registration documents and proof of ownership or insurance.

If you’re in any emergency situation involving you or other road users, you too can be of assistance by contacting the road enforcement agencies near your locations.


The Nigerian Federal Road Safety Corp Emergency Numbers Includes:

Call: 070022553772;

Toll Free Number: 122

Text Massages Only: 08077690362

You can visit: for more.


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