The Lagos State Taxi Drivers and Cab Operators Association has directed all its members to adhere strictly to the state’s public transport precautionary guidelines against spread of COVID-19.
The General Secretary of the association, Mr Taiwo Omolekan, made this known to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Thursday.
He said that the platform was vulnerable to the spread of the pandemic, hence members should take precaution.
Omolekan said that it had become imperative for all taxi and cab operators to disinfect their vehicles and provide sanitisers for their use and that of their passengers before boarding.
According to him, since the operators still deal in cash, the association has directed all members to ensure constant use of alcohol-based sanitisers and hand washing facilities at regular interval.
“COVID-19 is a pandemic that everybody is scared about and as an organisation, we have called our members to take precautionary measures.
“Today is supposed to be our general meeting in which about 300 executives members are supposed to congregate and discuss but because of the order prohibiting crowd, we cancelled the meeting.
“We have sent signals to all our 16 branches spread over Lagos State and all the units under them. We have made it mandatory for all members to have hand sanitisers in each taxi and cab,” Omolekan said.
The general secretary, who decried lack of clean water in most areas, said that the union had also directed members to ensure provision of hand washing facilities in parks and units.
“We have made it compulsory for our members to also provide hand washing facilities in parks and be washing their hands constantly because majority of our members collect money by cash.
“When they pick passengers and drop passengers, they have to wash their hands and the same applies to the use of hand sanitisers,” he added.
Omolekan said that the operators had been directed to also imbibe the use of nose guards and hand gloves.
Asked if the association was considering use of passengers’ manifest to trace contacts in case any passenger or driver was tested positive of COVID-19, Omolekan told NAN that the executive council would consider that.
NAN reports that as cases of COVID-19 is swelling in the state, government through the Commissioner for Transportation, Dr Frederic Oladeinde, on Monday issued public transport guidelines to operators and passengers to curb the spread in buses, cabs, motor-parks and garages.
According to him, henceforth it is compulsory for all transport operators to sanitise their parks and have at the entrance to their respective parks/garages, washing hand equipment with soap and running water.
He said that all operators were expected to have alcohol-based sanitisers in their vehicles for the use of drivers, conductors and passengers and should not over crowd/overload their vehicles at this point in time.
Oladeinde said that passenger’s spacing must be fully observed and that all commercial buses should be at 60 per cent capacity and not 100 per cent capacity.
He said that all drivers and conductors should always wear hand gloves and nose guards while in transit and all passengers were also required to sanitise themselves before and after each trip.