The Lagos Bus Services Limited (LBSL), operator of Marcopolo high-capacity buses, said it has secured the approval of the state government for upward review of fares and right to ply Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) dedicated lane.
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 that the approvals would take effect from Aug. 1.
He said that the firm had been given approval by the state government for an average of 46 percent increase in the transportation fare of LBSL.
The LBSL boss said: “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 become 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 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, whilst ensuring all other measures are in place,” he said.