The NURTW and other players in the Nigerian transport sector are currently threatening a possible increase in transport fares due to the new COVID-19 transport guidelines which limit the number of passengers allowed in a vehicle per trip. But on the other hand, Peace Mass Transit Limited resumed operations on Wednesday the 1st of July 2020 without any form of transport fare hike despite complying with the 50% carriage limit.
PMT (Peace Mass Transit) Limited resumes operation following the lift of interstate travel ban
What’s actually interesting is the fact that PMT was among the first set of transport companies that quickly suspended operations during the early period of the Coronavirus outbreak in Nigeria. Now that the federal government has lifted the ban on interstate travel; it is really surprising to see that PMT decided to resume operations with no extra charges on commuters despite being out of business for a much longer time.
In addition to resuming operations with no extra charge, reports claim that the management of Peace Mass Transit has also instructed its staff to adhere strictly to all the federal government’s COVID-19 safety protocols and instructions. Some of these national protocols include the use of alcohol-based hand sanitizers, the use of nose masks by passengers and drivers, and thorough washing of hands at motor parks, etc.
Reports also have it that the management of PMT has instructed that all of the company’s passenger vehicles must not convey beyond 50% carriage limit per trip.
Aside from that, the reports stated that the PMT management team has also provided infrared thermometers to be used for scanning/screening of staff and passengers. Similarly, various equipment has been provided by the management for the regular decontamination of vehicles and depots/parks at the points of arrival and departure.
Meanwhile, hope is currently rising after some Nigerian scientists recently announced a potential vaccine for the COVID-19 disease. Check out the press video on this report below:
Video: Nigerian Scientists Announce Vaccine For COVID-19