Safety Tips : 10 Things To Do To Be Safe On BRT Buses
10 things to do to be safe on BRT buses, amid ongoing investigation on the death of a passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwole.
Governor Sanwo-Olu has promised that safety measures on govt-owned buses would be improved.
Since the death of a passenger, Oluwabamise Ayanwole, many citizens of Lagos State have been worried about how safe it is to travel on the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses in the state.
To avoid finding yourself in a similar situation as Oluwabamise, here are 10 (ten) tips to keep you safe while travelling on Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) buses :
1. Ask if the vehicle has a CCTV camera as most of them don’t have, especially the locally built ones. If the vehicle doesn’t have one, it is advisable to wait for the one that has.
2. If the vehicle doesn’t have a CCTV camera, try to know the vehicle’s licence number, if possible take a picture of it and send it to a relative or friend, alerting them of your journey.
3. Ensure that you are not the only passenger in the vehicle. Make sure that the passengers are about five at least and don’t they look suspicious.
4. In a situation where the passengers in the vehicle are not much, ensure you sit close to the exit or by the window to make yourself visible to other road users.
5. If ever you feel unsafe, make use of the emergency buttons in the vehicle which connects it to the control room. This alerts the officials in the control room to monitor the vehicle’s activities.
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6. BRT vehicles do have emergency numbers. Put a call through to one of them if you ever feel unsafe.
7. If travelling at night, ensure that the BRT vehicle has inner lights. This allows other road users to see what’s going on inside the bus.
8. Ensure you alight at your bus stop and not along the road. Object if the driver suggests dropping you by the roadside as this may be a ploy to expose you to ritualists or armed robbers lurking around the corner.
9. Ask questions or raise the alarm if the driver decides to ply a different route other than its designated route.
10. If you had informed your relatives of your journey, ensure you let them know when you alighted safely. This will not only put their minds at rest but will also prevent a situation where the driver of the BRT vehicle will be wrongly accused.