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COVID-19: Commercial bus drivers’ non-compliance with guidelines worrisome – LASTMA

The Lagos State Traffic Management Authority says it is worried over non-compliance with the guidelines on physical distancing aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19 by privately-owned public bus operators.

Mr Olajide Oduyoye, General Manager, LASTMA, said on Wednesday that only tricycle operators were heeding the government’s social distancing directive in public transport to curb the virus’ spread.

Oduyoye, who also lamented the flagrant disregard of commuters to physical distancing directives at bus stops, said that some commuters were found to be equally defending drivers who carried the required number of passengers.

According to him, the authority observed that some commercial motorcyclists are also operating despite the ban on their operations across the state.

Oduyoye said that the enforcement agencies were aware of the flagrant disobedience to law and order, meant for the safety of the society and would address it.

He said that the major concern was the willingness of commuters to violate the required distance from each other either at the various bus stops or on the buses.

According to him, commuters seem either not to care for themselves or are unaware of the seriousness of the virus.
He urged transport operators and commuters to cooperate with the government for everyone to stay alive.

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