…Bans standing in BRTs, LBSL, others!***
The Lagos State Government on Monday came out more forcefully with more measures, towards curbing the spread of COVID 19, particularly in its Public transport system which includes buses, cabs, motor parks and garages in the State.
Specifically, the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde has directed that all Transport Operators/ Companies must continuously sanitize their parks and garages regularly, at least, before and after each trip; in addition to having at the entrance to their respective parks/garages, washing hand equipment, with soap and running water.
The Government also banned standing in all BRT and LBSL bus operations, stressing that henceforth, the “buses should be at 60 percent capacity and not 100%, including danfo and other commercial buses.
Emphasized the Commissioner: “All Operators are expected to have alcohol based sanitizers in their Vehicles for the use of Drivers, Conductors and Passengers
“All Operators are not allowed to over crowd/over load their vehicles at this point in time, Passenger’s spacing must be fully observed. NCDC recommends that at least 2m (5feet) distance is required between anyone showing symptoms of respiratory illness.
“All Air Conditioning System in public transport be put off
“All public transport Operators/Company must have temperature reader to test each passenger before boarding the bus
“All drivers and conductors should always wear hand gloves and nose guides while in transit
“All passengers are also required to sanitize themselves before and after each trip
“Passengers are also required to regularly wash their hands with soap and running water before and after each trip
“Operators/Companies and passengers are expected to report any suspected case of COVID-19 to the Ministry of Transportation or call 08000CORONA”, Dr. Oladeinde further highlighted, urging
Passengers to report any Operator/ Company that fails to comply with the guidelines, to the Monitoring Officers at sight; or directly write to the Ministry, stating the Vehicle Registration Number, Park and Time.
It is noteworthy that the Lagos State Government has shown far more commitment towards fighting the COVID 19 pandemic, even as cases in the State hits 22, because of its cosmopolitan status.