Lagos State seeks to bring sanity into the operations of commercial buses.
Drivers and conductors of commercial buses in Lagos will be required to wear uniforms from January 2014, the state Commissioner for Transportation, Kayode Opeifa, said on Monday.
The City Voice newspaper reports that Mr. Opeifa made the announcement at a news conference to launch the annual conference of the National Council on Transportation hosted by the state. He said the decision will enable proper identification of commercial transporters and to also curb the culture of “shabby dressing” among them.
The commissioner also said the decision is the enforcement of the section of the state Traffic Law which dictates that commercial
drivers and their conductors must wear registered uniforms and badges. “Commercial drivers and their conductors would also begin to appear in registered uniform and badges for proper identification by the public.
The situation where the drivers and their conductors dress shabbily would be checked with the introduction uniform and badges for them,” he said.
He said the state will also commence the registration of drivers to ensure the enforcement of Section 44 of the Traffic Law that dictates
that drivers should not drive beyond eight hours in a stretch. He said drivers will be registered for easy monitoring of the eight hours
The decision will aide better security and will help put an end to kidnapping and robbery in commercial buses. “With these moves, we want to curtail kidnapping, robberies and other forms of crimes perpetrated by the continuous usage of unregistered
vehicles for commercial purposes. We are out to tackle the issue of ‘one chance’ headlong,” he said.
Also, owners of commercial buses will be required to get insurance cover for commuters. Mr. Opeifa said defaulters will not be spared.
“With the development, no driver would be allowed to drive beyond 8 hours at a stretch, while owners of the commercial vehicles would be made to get insurance that will cover their passengers.”