Fashola Banned Lagos Bus Drivers From Working More Than 8 Hours Daily

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Nov 11, 2013 – New Traffic Rule In Lagos: Bus Drivers Can’t Work More Than 8 Hours Daily

Lagos Banned Danfo Bus Drivers From Working More Than 8 Hours Daily – New Traffic Law

The Government of Lagos State Nigeria under the leadership of Governor Babatunde Raji Fashola has introduced a new law banning bus drivers from working more than 8 hours daily

Commissioner for Transportation, Mr. Kayode Opeifa disclosed this at the weekend at a news conference heralding the National Council on Transportation conference which kicked off today and would end on Friday at the Lagos City Hall, Lagos, southwest Nigeria.

According to Opeifa, section 44 of the Road Traffic Law bars commuter bus drivers from driving for eight hours at a stretch, saying that government would begin enforcement of the new law in January 2014.

He said many commuter bus drivers did not know that such a provision exists in the traffic law, saying that the next phase is to register all commuter bus drivers, conductors and owners of such vehicles so that through the registration, the drivers could be monitored effectively to ensure compliance with the 8 hours work rule and other aspects of the traffic law.

Opeifa warned that by January next year, government would not have mercy on any bus driver who failed to register, as his vehicle would be impounded for breaching the traffic law.

“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. Commercial drivers and their conductors would also begin to appear in registered uniform and badges for proper identification by the public.

“To be regulated also is the number of passengers who stand in the buses particularly, the Bus Rapid Transit, BRT, while no commercial vehicle would be allowed to ply routes not registered for by the government.

“Smoking and eating while driving within the state would attract N20, 000-N30,000 in accordance with the provision of the law for first and second offenders respectively,” Opeifa stated.

According to him, this development is to sustain security and safety already established in the state by the state traffic law, adding that accreditation of the owners of the commuter buses was to ensure that all operators were captured in government’s data base to curtail atrocities and crimes committed with the use of unregistered commercial vehicles.

“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.

“Also, the situation where the drivers and their conductors dress shabbily would be checked with the introduction uniform and badges for them. We are also re-introducing routine system for them. They will only ply only route boldly written on their buses,” he said.

On the 13th National Council on Transportation meeting being hosted by Lagos, Opeifa said the programme was organised to ensure adequate improvement in the transportation system, identify opportunities within the sector and promote various modes of transportation.

The commissioner disclosed that the theme of this year’s conference is: Transformation of Transport Infrastructure: Catalyst for Socio-Economic Growth.

The conference by the council, which comprises all commissioners of transportation in Nigeria, would be chaired by the Minister of Transport, while Governor Babatunde Fashola would be the chief host of the event.

He said the event would be in two sessions-the technical and the National Council meeting, saying that the technical session would be headed by the Federal Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Transportation.

Opeifa said the state government had made adequate preparations to ensure that this year’s meeting was unique as many private organizations were partnering with the government in this regard.

[Report By PM News Lagos]

19 thoughts on “Fashola Banned Lagos Bus Drivers From Working More Than 8 Hours Daily

  1. Fashola should please stop all these crappy abroad-like laws
    He has banned dem from the Lagos Island whatelse does he want
    He is becoming annoying

  2. @yeyejide or whatever you call your name, believe me that’s a very brilliant idea, haven’t you been to Europe before, just look how it was organised, is there anything like commercial bus in Europe, abeg let him scrap it let everybody take BRT

    • Things are organised abroad but do not forget that over here workers and their families can survive on their 8hrs wages and when they are unable to, the government meets the shortfall by giving them money. This is no the case in Nigeria. How many of these drivers can afford to look after their families by providing food ,shelter, healthcare and education if they are not allowed to work long hours. I do agree that we need to keep our roads safe but Fashola’s strategy is like trying to cure a sick tree from the branches instead of attacking the problems from the root. He means well but if the root problems are left unsorted then I am afraid this won’t work.

  3. dis country will not change, i wonder wat dey will ban nxt, @deway, europe style is completely different 4rm ours, which other provisions do we hv in 9ja, like metro lines, trams n even trains, pls dey hv hidden agendas, dey only want 2 make passengers pay more, pls we should stop making tins difficult 4 ourselves in 9ja,

  4. Good idea,but av got a big question how will d govt knows their hours when there is nothing like computer or the bus will read hrs . Good to av abroad idea and my other question is do you think 8hrs gain will feed them and their family .think about those who av to deliver to the owner how are they going to manage ?? I think the best thing is to introduce alcohol limit buy testing every driver including private and public road users . Then accident in Nigeria will reduce with 40% . Rather than saying they should work 8hrs by doing this u re welcoming more robbers Lolz to the state. One love .

  5. Good idea, but when are we going to learn how not to eat spagetti with five fingers! Restricting drivers to work for only eight hours under whose control? Police? Hahahahahaaaaaaa!! Isn’t this another avenue of perpetuating corruption and discrimination? And in a country where the acquisition of double identity is possible and rampant, I wonder o!

  6. @dway…can u compare nigeria 2 europe..or can u compare black man 2 white man…?.instead of tinkin on hw 2 Create employment 4 all dis bus skul graduate driverz,dey are tinkin on hw 2 make life miserable 4 them after dey hve bin banned in dat first time…am nt sayin dat d idea is bad,but dey shld kip dat workin 4 jst 8 hours away 4rm d idea…

  7. if in eight hrs and they made two trips..would they survive or foot their higher purchase signed agreement..copy copy..u wan turn naija to yanky overnite

  8. Governor Fashola is becoming so boring he is trying to turn Lagos to abroad or what please can somebody tell him all this imposition is too boring for Nigerians, we so much believe in freedom stop treating people like a school boy and also remember you are not going to be on that seat forever

  9. what is happening gan everyday with new law are u d first person to become governor dont do dat dont do dis mr brf and oponifa watever ur name is dont u know dat is late hour dis people generate money just remember u may not be there tomorow

  10. They should work on the rail system in Lagos state in particular and see if the roads will not be less free of traffic and accidents. Let them ask people moving from Island to Agbado ijaye, Alakuko, Tollgate if they are not spending up to five hours already when going home from work. They should sit down and think deeply on how to make Lagos roads traffic free because it is energy sapping.

  11. Well well well! The idea behind the 8hrs per day isn’t bad but how can this be monitored in a place like lagos? In a situation when only a trip takes more than 4hrs, should we not rather look for possible means of fighting traffic as it affects mass transportation in Lagos, the traffic issues should be resolved 1st, afterall everything boils down to affecting the poor masses whom the Government should protect their internet.

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