The Lagos State Chapter of the National Union of Road Transport Workers, NURTW, are pleading with the State Government to provide additional bus stops to ease traffic flow.
The Chairman of the union in the state, Mr Tajudeen Agbede, made the appeal while interacting with newsmen in Lagos.
Agbede said that more bus stops and motor parks should be provided in the metropolis to curb indiscriminate picking and dropping of passengers along the road.
“We need more bus stops and motor parks to allow us to operate freely without disrupting the free flow of traffic and constituting nuisance to other road users.
“If there are adequate designated bus stops like the Bus Rapid Transit, commuters will always go there to board buses as well as disembark without disrupting flow of traffic.”
He also called on members of the union to make use of available bus stops ones, advising commuters to always go to the designated bus stops and parks to board buses.
The NURTW chief said that commuters boarding inter-state vehicles on highways were exposing themselves to danger.
“Commuters travelling outside the state should go to designated motor parks to board vehicles in order to have their names written on the manifest.
“The passengers manifest is very important because in the case of any eventuality, a passenger’s family can be contacted through the next of kin’s contact number registered on it.
“Another benefit of boarding vehicle at designated parks is to help the union to check reckless driving by reporting any erring driver to union officials at the parks.
“A passenger can also locate his or her misplaced or missing goods at the union’s office,” Agbede said.
Also, Mr Rotimi Ajayi, the NURTW Ikorodu West Chairman, said that many areas in Ikorodu did not have bus stops.
“We have set up a task force to monitor and arrest any bus operator who disrupts the free flow of traffic in the area,” he stated.
On the other hand, we do want more bus stops. However, a lot of planning is required to build a modern network of ‘bus stops’. Most existing bus stops are badly located thereby causing more harm than good especially in the case of traffic.
Culled from Daily Times.