LAGBUS drivers protest restrictions, poor welfare

BRTCommuters in Lagos yesterday groaned, as drivers of LAGBUS down tooled to protest restrictions preventing them from plying Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) lanes in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that tension had been rife since December 2015 when the Ikorodu-Mile 12 BRT corridor was opened and a new operator for the blue buses resumed.

Some drivers told NAN in separate interviews that the management had failed to address issues relating to the restriction and poor staff welfare.

When NAN visited the Toll Gate depot of the LAGBUS yesterday’s morning, more than 60 drivers had converged at the entrance on its premises.

Also, the protesting drivers prevented any bus from leaving the premises of the company, while those who returned late to the depot on Thursday were seen parked outside.

A driver who preferred anonymity said: “Our red buses were denied access to use the dedicated lane; and any red bus that plied it was arrested and fined.

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