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Lagos Bus Service fare hike takes effect by August first

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Lagos state government has finally given approval to the management Of LBSL for an average of 46 percent increase in the transportation fare. According to LBSL “The approval to use the BRT corridor by the governor is to further give the commuting public a better experience on Lagos roads. “The increase in the number of passengers and fare becomes necessary in order to enable the company to sustain its operations, following the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on public bus transportation.

The Chief Executive Officer of LBSL, Mr Idowu Oguntona, made the announcement in a statement on Monday by Mr. Afolabi Olawale, the Public Affairs Officer of the company. Oguntona said the approvals would take effect from August 1.

“The governor also approved LBSL’s request to increase the number of passengers per bus from 20 to 42 in strict observance of updated COVID-19 safety protocol as directed by the Nigerian Centre for Disease Control, NCDC, in the operation of public transport, while ensuring all other measures are in place.”

According to him, as part of reforms ongoing in the LBSL, government has also granted approval for the operators of the buses to commute passengers to its full capacity without standing. He said that this must be done with strict adherence to necessary safety protocols. The managing director said that the COVID-19 guidelines, which restricted the firm to convey not more than 20 passengers per bus, had affected the running of the buses. He said that the development led to a 72 percent drop in revenue of the company while running costs remained fairly the same.