Operators are required to pay a down payment of around N1.9 million and are likely to own the vehicles within three to four years.
THE Governor of Lagos State, Mr. Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, rolled out the first batch of 1,000 new GAC-branded automobiles under the Safe, Comfortable and Modernized Taxi Scheme.
The programme, dubbed ‘LAGOS RIDE’, was launched yesterday at the State House, Alausa.
The hireable taxi initiative, which is operated on a hire-purchase basis, is a component of the state government’s multi-modal transport plan being implemented under the Traffic Management and Transport pillar of the THEMES programme. of the Sanwo-Olu administration.
The initiative is a partnership between Lagos State-owned Ibile Holdings Limited and CIG Motors Company Limited, with the aim of providing clean and reliable means of moving taxis across the metropolis at an affordable cost, using vehicles brand new.
Operators are required to pay a deposit of approximately N1.9 million, the sum of which covers the capital 20% of the cost of the vehicle, registration and insurance.
Every car used in the program is equipped with technological safety features that monitor every trip taken.
Sanwo-Olu, while launching the program, said, “The need to provide better, dignified and more rewarding transportation and livelihoods to the unemployed and underemployed population has given rise to the new Lagos State Taxis”, which will be operated on a hire-purchase basis. Under this arrangement, a recipient will be given a brand new car that will become the property of the driver once payment of the subsidized cost of the vehicle is complete.
“This taxi program will complement the various bus services that have a significant impact on the lives of our residents; the river transport service, which is seeing unprecedented ridership, as well as the Blue and Red Line Rail services which are about to start commercial operations between the last quarter of this year and the first quarter of 2023.”
To improve driver and passenger safety, Sanwo-Olu said a comprehensive safety gadget, including a 360° dash cam that will provide 24-hour audio-visual feeds to the control center, has been pre-installed. on each car deployed for the program. .
He added that each car was fitted with a physical panic button which could be used by anyone on board in the event of an assault or emergency. The panic button, the
The governor said, is also on the mobile app and is connected to the command and control center.
Meanwhile, Transport Commissioner Dr Frederic Oladehinde described the scheme as “another milestone achievement” of the state government, noting that the initiative had joined a range of other innovative solutions launched in the sector. transport, which aimed to redefine public transport. .
To make rides affordable, the commissioner said the technology on which the system was run made carpooling possible for passengers, who would agree to share rides and share transportation costs.
The Governor however asserted that the objective of Lagos Ride is not to drive out existing taxi operators but to provide a safer alternative and also to clear the roads of rickety cars used for taxis. The program, he said, will offer operators the opportunity to own the vehicles within three to four years.