Nigerian Traffic Law: 29 Commandments (Updated)

In recent times, Nigerian traffic laws have been amended. As a driver, it’s very important to know this. Outlined below are the Nigerian Traffic Laws:

  • Traffic moves on the right side of the road, overtaking is on the left side.
  • The minimum driving age is 18 years.
  • It is not permitted to leave vehicles on highways.
  • It is prohibited to ride motorcycles against traffic and riding on the curb.
  • While driving, it is not permitted to smoke and eat.
  • Motorcycles riders and passengers must wear helmets.
  • Drivers must give way to traffic on the left at a roundabout.
  • The speed limit within towns is 40 km/h (25 mph).
  • Persons under 18 years old may not ride motorcycles. The minimum driving age to ride motorcycles is 18 years.
  • A legal blood alcohol limit is 0.05 %. Any person driving under the influence of alcoholic drink or a drug may be imprisoned for two years.
  • It is not permitted to carry on the motorcycle: pregnant women, children under 12, adults carrying load on their hands.
  • While driving, making phone calls are prohibited if cell phone doesn’t have a hands-free system.
  • It is not permitted to park within 15 meters of intersection.
  • It is illegal to use noisy devices in the cities.
  • It is not permitted to drive along the bus transit lane.
  • Parking on yellow line on a public highway is illegal.
  • Crossing a double yellow line is forbidden.
  • Staying within the yellow junction boxes not permitted.
  • At Zebra crossing, pedestrians always have the right of way.
  • Installation of musical gadget on a motorcycle is illegal.
  • Slow moving vehicles must keep to the right lane.
  • Driving on the walkway and curbs is forbidden.
  • Parking on the walkway and curbs is not permitted.
  • Parking and stopping to pick passengers by a commercial vehicle on the highway is not permitted.
  • Driving a vehicle with a defective number plate is illegal.
  • Driving vehicles with doors left open is not permitted.
  • Driving a right hand vehicle is not permitted.
  • A fire extinguisher is required to be present in every vehicle.
  • It is not permitted to stop a vehicle within 25 feet from any corner.

About Nonso Okafor

I've worked as a technical support representative in major auto centers in Nigeria for more than twenty years. I have dealt with a variety of problems in my capacity as a customer service representative and auto diagnostics expert. I'm committed to assisting people in properly maintaining their automobiles and in appreciating this magnificent innovation known as an automobile.

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