Operators of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) in Lagos, Primero Transport Services Limited, says it does not tolerate its drivers and staff to use drugs and alcohol.
According to the Managing Director of the company, Mr. Fola Tinubu, automatic dismissal awaits any staff using drugs and alcohol.
He spoke against the background of the BRT accidents on Sunday after two of the buses-collided at Agric Bus-stop, Ikorodu, and the various claims on the cause of the accident.
The Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA) had attributed the accident to recklessness on the part of one of the drivers.
Tinubu said “We train our drivers every six months. All the drivers go for training regularly. Not only do they go for trainings, we do medical screening for our drivers to check that they are fit to drive.
“We check their eyes sight and physical well being because we don’t want anybody to slump behind the wheel. We check them every six months.
“We check randomly for drugs and alcohol also. This one is done for about 20 drivers in the morning and 20 drivers in the afternoon,” Tinubu said.
He said that the daily drug test was always carried out through random sampling and which no driver would have prior knowledge of.
“Even I don’t know who will be picked. We use the computer to pick them randomly. We are constantly checking them and we have absolutely zero tolerance for drugs and alcohol.
“We will not allow any driver to indulge in drugs and if we catch anyone, such is gone immediately. It is automatic dismissal on the spot.”

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