Why do some bus drivers in Lagos still take their vehicles out for trips when they know that their buses have one fault or the other?
This gets people stranded on the road, and depending on the kind of road it is, it can be risky for the passengers; for instance, getting stranded on an express or an overhead bridge.
I never thought it would happen to me, or that I would experience such. I see it happening to people, but I never imagined it happening to me.
I used to wonder how people cope when they get stranded on third mainland bridge, I never thought I would experience it too.
During the week, I had to go to the Island for some things, after I finished with what I had to do, coming back, I boarded a bus to the mainland.
There was hectic traffic that day, and before we even got on the bridge, we stayed in traffic for so long. After all the time we spent in traffic, I never thought we would be stranded on the bridge when we get to the bridge.
Before we got to the bridge the bus was acting in a funny way and passengers were already telling the driver that if he knows the bus won’t take us to where we are going or if the bus would stop on the way, we should just alight and find another bus.
He didn’t reply, he drove the bus and climbed the bridge. Immediately we got on the bridge, for like after few miles; the bus refused to move.
We all started asking for our monies and everyone came down and started trekking towards another turning to get another bus. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I was on third mainland bridge, trekking.
I was trekking on third mainland bridge. Thankfully, the same bus worked and the driver thought it good to help us to Obalende so we would get another bus.
The incident made me wonder why such things happen sometimes. Why do buses just stop on the road and leave passengers stranded?
It could have been because of different reasons, but one of the things that come to my mind is that drivers sometimes don’t prepare before taking a bus on a trip.
I may not know anything about vehicles just yet, but I know that before leaving for a trip, you need to be sure your vehicle is in good condition.
If your vehicle isn’t in good condition, then you need to fix it before taking it out on a trip! If this isn’t done, it is risky.
I have experienced several times when buses suddenly stop on the road. This same way it is annoying for the passengers, so it is for the driver because he will have to refund the passengers’ monies and he has to find his way back to his park and go and sort out his car.
So it is best, in the interest of everyone that vehicles are in good conditions before they leave their parks. Bus drivers should ensure that they check their vehicles before taking them out.
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