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Please advice Is it a crime to drive right hand cars in nigeria

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The history of driving rules in Nigeria is an interesting one. At first, the country had the left side driving adopted from the British. However, later on after Nigeria has become independent, it changed the rules. The Act on right hand driving was issued in 1972 and the government was moved to such a step, because the state is surrounded by other states, where people mostly drive right wheeled cars. Presently, if the car has the wheel on the “wrong” side it has to be rebuilt in order to drive the roads.

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Una don day take conversion of moto personal? Well we all are prone to our own opinion abi? Its just dat we are all still binded by the laws of the land but then these same laws we are tokin about is what we all are also confused about, i really would like some researchers to come up with that section of the constitution dat say rhd are illegal , if we all see am we go gree , i doubt it !!!! we are just to used to trying to beat the same laws!!!

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^^^^Only leaders that need medical treatment can spend the pound. The rest of us spend naira on everything else including right hand drive conversions.

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so we can still spend the old pound? why cant we?

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Tombola - there is no need to call people goons. We may have different viewpoints but let us respect one another.

It is important to know your rights under the law. It is not strictly true for FRSC to claim that RHD are illegal. There is a caveat.

As a signatory to the 1968 Vienna convention on road traffic, Nigeria can not make restrictions on foreign registered vehicles on its soil. So a pre 1972 rhd car could in theory be exempt.

You know how we love international law - remember Bakassi?

Agaba123 & thiefofhearts - Hurricanes, Rain, Gales - A new section for Weather Issues, me thinks! LOL

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the same goons who suggests Nigeria is a bad country are the same goons suggesting her rules should be broken because it doesnt pay them. it sucks.

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Sorry I've just seen this, have been away.

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Of course, it allows for a democratic society.

The opinions of people that are affected by these laws count.

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IT IS ILLEGAL! [/size]

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It is illegal!!!! Lets call a spade a spade, wether any tin day possible for naija or not!!! Beta to be on the good side of the law at any point in time, specially wit our men in black who look for the slightest excuse to detain you when on their market stands, sorry i meant checkpoints!! Lets be real it also not too safe cuz when you are drivin a RHD u will alwas be lookin in the opposite direction everytime, dats not saying u will not get used to it!! Wonder how dem day drive the tin sef, cuz me no be southpaw, never got the hang of using my left hand, to change them gear stick!!, So Oga poster, please try and change to LHD or kuku sell am get LHD.less sweat and trouble bro!

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Its a shame no one has been able to give the poster the relevant information, if there is anyone with useful information about it, they should please provide the the poster with it.

the whole discussion has been taken out of context.

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I didn't know if it was illegal or not, officially. Now I know.

Its good to have a clear law on issues. I cant go and drive against such law and cry if I get arrested. AND we dont have to make our laws exactly the way they are abroad.

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I disagree. I think i prefer uniformity. It makes things better.

Don't you think we'd have more accidents in Naija if more people drive RHD's?

I mean, trying to overtake a "crazy" tanker driver along Lagos-Ibadan expwy is enough to send you to your grave even if you pass using the left lane.

Overtaking would lead to a lot of problems because drivers "blind spots" will become an increasing problem using both LHD and RHD.

It may be okay in a developed nation but it is not ok for naija.

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There's no little sin! Something is not good for Naija Road then change it Don't forget that in UK fast lane is always on the right side not left, i.e you can't manage yourself very well with a right hand on left hand drive road. I've droven a right hand drive vehicle; there's a difference. in your own interest change it

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it has been illegal in Nigeria since 1972 to drive such a car. It is irelevant dat they are still in use in UK

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I think you're missing the point here!

No one's saying as they're in use in the UK, they should be acceptable in Nigeria.

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Yes it is a crime to drive a RHD in Nigeria. Your car may be impounded.

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Perfectly legal to drive / own LHD cars in the UK, there are no restrictions whatsoever.

It's not that uncommon to find LHD cars in the UK, especially in Central London, where there are loads.

RHD cars are cheaper here though.

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Siena,

How legal is it to drive left hand cars in the UK?

Why is it that it is rare to use left hand in the UK?

Just one law that Nigerians seems to be obeying

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I think Lucem's got it spot-on.

Why can't Nigeria be like other countries, where both LHD and RHD are freely used?

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This is simply foolishness - although driving RHD in Nigeria is technically illegal, people should be advised about what is best and then allowed to make up their own minds. Yes, we converted to LHD since whenever, however should one choose to drive a RHD vehicle, that should be up to them.

All that wahala about reduced visiblity when overtaking is a load of crap when you consider that a) We don't drive in any meaningfully structured way in Nigeria really, b) We overtake on both sides, c) Right-of-way seems to be a notion nobody has ever heard of and, d) The traffic officials are totally uninterested in orderly movement of vehicles on the highways.

When driving RHD in Nigeria, you should simply leave more room between you and the car in front in order to maximise your vision of the road ahead. So I say, if someone has a RHD vehicle, let them be, it's no more dangerous than getting on the road in Nigeria in the first place.

p.s. and for those Nigerians that always like foreign examples - the United Kingdom is RHD, however you can legally drive your LHD vehicle if you so choose without any harrassment whatsoever, it's entirely up to you.

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@poster,

Use of RHD vehicles has been considered a traffic offence since 1973. For the fact that I am neither a lawyer nor a traffic law enforcement agent, I will not be able to expantiate on it. For a fellow Nairalander, my advise is that you convert your ride to LHD because FRSC, Nigerian Police and even LASTMA can use anyone as a scape goat. In this 9ja, some break rules, others bend it while some cannot try it. You should know why if you are a Nigerian.

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hi there, I have driven a RHD in Nigeria B4, it aint illegal, but it would be mega stressfull for those who have never been on a RHD wheels,in reality there is no point driving a RHD car in Nigeria cos you gonna get stress parking,overtaking and even roundabouts, I only survived it cos I drive in the UK  and as for the cost, cars are like30%-50% cheaper when they are RHD compared to LHD a  RHD 1999 Honda Accord can be bought in the UK for less than £1000, but its LHD equivalent might sell up to £2500, now thats a difference,this is the reason why some guys convert  thier car for personal use.

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Yes its illegal and its a punishable offence. . . .

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Nigerians sha. Nigeria converted to the left hand drive since the early 70's.

No one needs to tell you that driving a rhd in Nigeria is wrong.

Why can't people just buy the right type of car and avoid unnecessary embarrassment from the cops. How much do they really expect to save from buying a rhd as opposed to the lhd

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I have seen some people driving right hand cars but very few.

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It's not so much of a crime, I believe it's illegal though.

Whether that can be classed as criminal is debatable though.

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