Following the recent ease of the lockdown directive by the federal government, operators of the popular Lagos BRT buses (Primero Transport Services Ltd) have begun the implementation of a new mandatory sitting arrangement that ensures social distancing among passengers.
Lagos BRT buses set to implement new sitting arrangement as FG eases lockdown
With the current ease of lockdown in cities like Ogun, Abuja, and Lagos; if appropriate measures aren’t put in place by commercial transport operators, many people will be quick to forget that the fight against the novel COVID-19 disease in Nigeria still continues. In a bid to ensure the safety of passengers and to curb the spread of COVID-19 virus, operators of the BRT buses in Lagos have begun using the sitting arrangement illustrated below;
The new passenger sitting arrangement for Lagos BRT buses in accordance with NCDC social distancing rule
This simple and mandatory sitting arrangement for Lagos BRT buses prepared by Primero Transport Services Ltd shows how much the company is concerned about the safety of commuters using its services. A few months back, the transport company similarly encouraged Lagosians to use the electronic payment for BRT services amidst the COVID-19 outbreak.
Below is a short video clip also showing how the seats in a BRT bus are marked in accordance with the new sitting arrangement;
Lagos BRT bus sitting arrangement as government partially lifts the coronavirus lockdown on Monday
As seen in the video above, the bus seats with “green mark” labels are the ones which passengers will be allowed to use while the ones with “red mark” labels are to be left empty in order to ensure social distancing among bus passengers per trip. Also, the added advantage of this could be that if there is a BRT fire incident like happened before, fewer passengers will be on-board, making evacuation easier.
If Lagosians can properly follow this bus sitting arrangement as well as use the mandatory nose masks, then health safety will be guaranteed to a certain degree in commonly used public transports such as the BRT buses.