Companies without good Staff buses face a N5 million fine while the accused director, shall also pay N200, 000 upon conviction if president Muhammadu Buhari signs the Bill for an Act to provide for adequate transportation, protection and other facilities for employers in Nigeria into law as passed by the national assembly.
The bill if passed, also provides that all transportation company employers must provide shelter at the various bus stops for their employees.
This followed the adoption of a report on a Bill for an Act to provide for adequate transportation, protection and other facilities for employers in Nigeria to restore the dignity and other matters by the Senate Committee on Land Transport, chaired by Senator Olugbenga Ashafa, (APC Lagos East).
The fine for corporate body, according to the committee chairman, was raised from N1million to N5million to enhance safety measures for employees by their respective employees.
According to the upper legislative chamber, “offences under this bill shall be tried by the industrial court” while any case of victimisation of an employee(s) should be reported to the Minister of Transportation.
Adopting the report clause by clause in the Committees of the Whole after presentation by Gbenga Ashafa (APC Lagos),the upper legislative chamber considered the inclusion of suitable and conducive vessels in the riverine areas for the purpose of conveying employees to and from work.
The Senate also considered other safety measures which made it mandatory for employers to acquire well equipped vehicles with seat belts and “at least a 46 inch high rail or enclosure on the sides and back of the vehicle”.
Vehicles for conveying employees, it added “must have lamps, brakes, horn, mirrors, windshield, turn signals and other safety equipments”.
“Every truck-type bus must have seats with backrests and must be provided with a minimum of 18 inches seat space for each passenger. Where the sitting is face to face, the aisle between the seats facing each other shall be 24 inches wide at the narrowest point”, it added.
The Senate also endorsed that all staff buses must be equipped with approved reflectors, fire extinguishers, carry a conspicuous mark on the outside of the number of passengers to be carried and shall not be allowed to carry more than the posted number.
It further said that the vehicles “must have exit doors that can be opened outward from both the interior and exterior of the vehicle”, adding that those designed for carriage of goods and animals be clearly marked “for goods only”.
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