By Sodeinde Temidayo David
The ride-hailing platform, Bolt, has created a cash withdrawal service for drivers to provide early access to cash out earned on the platform from cashless payment methods and other earnings. Drivers can now take away the cash they earn whenever they need to.
Although there are limitations as the cash out service is available to drivers once a day with a transaction fee of N15 to the bank.
The feature is also active for existing drivers who have been on the platform for up to two weeks and have completed at least 25 trips without any irregularities.
In a statement, Bolt said this new initiative is mainly to improve the general experience for every driver in addition to the lower fees and commissions of 15 per cent it charges its drivers. This has also made it possible for riders to enjoy cheaper fares on the platform.
Speaking on the introduction of the new service, Bolt Country Manager in Nigeria, Mr Femi Akin-Laguda, thanked the drivers for being part of the company’s growth.
“Drivers are core to our business and we must continue to retain the trust and loyalty we have earned over the years by fulfilling our promise to keep improving the overall experience for every driver,” he said.
“The early cash out option improves liquidity for our drivers’ by ensuring that they have easier and faster access to their earnings; this will include fares for trips paid with cashless options like cards, driver bonuses and payments for passenger discounts.
“Our aim is to ensure that our drivers have flexibility in how they access their earnings while passengers will be more confident to request rides with any payment method they wish,” Mr Akin-Laguda added, assuring that Bolt will remain affordable and reliable.
The system makes payments directly to drivers’ bank accounts, while requests during business hours will be processed in less than an hour, with requests outside these hours on business days processed on the same day.
Furthermore, early cash out requests made on weekends and holidays will be processed on the following business day.
Bolt has continued to set the pace with driver experience initiatives in the ride-hailing sector.
Recently, the platform launched a vehicle financing scheme that enables drivers to be their own boss by owning a car with low equity repayment.
With over 10,000 drivers on its platform, Bolt provides a safe, reliable, and affordable service for passengers across more than 25 cities in Nigeria and is a smart way to move around in cities.
Police to go After Unregistered Motorcycle Riders in Ogun
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The Police Command in Ogun State has warned that both private and commercial motorcyclists, popularly known as Okada riders, who fail to register their motorcycles with the state government will have their motorcycle impounded.
The Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO) of the command, Mr Abimbola Oyeyemi, who gave the warning in Abeokuta, the state capital, said that the deadline for registration is on or before Friday, October 1.
This is coming few months after the state government had informed the leadership of all Okada riders unions of its determination to enforce the registration of all riders.
Mr Oyeyemi disclosed that the police are collaborating with other sister agencies to begin the enforcement of the registration at the said date.
According to him, the state government and police force hold it very important to create a database and regulate the activities of motorcycle riders.
This will be able to give the government the total number of bike riders in Ogun, their areas of residence, names, as well as registration numbers, the police spokesman said.
He said this would enable the government to checkmate criminal activities such as kidnapping, armed robbery, and other issues relating to insecurity across the state.
During the interaction session, Mr Oyeyemi said, “If anybody commits any crime using Okada in any part of the state, we will be able to quickly pinpoint who is actually responsible for such crime.”
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Commercial Motorcycle Riders Identification Scheme (COMORIS), Mr Juwon Adebanjo, revealed 5,000 registration points have been set up across the 20 Local government areas.
He said that 40,000 motorcycles in the state would be registered through the scheme.
How to Verify Your Number Plate, Change Lanes While Driving
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
It is no news that middle lane hogging is a big problem on the Nigerian highways as it has been one of the major reasons for gridlocks and fiddling motor clashes on roads.
Hence, the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), the agency with the statutory responsibilities for road safety administration in the country, has taken to its social media platform to enlighten drivers on how to change lanes and merge while driving in line with the road safety rules.
The agency, on Monday, published a five-step guide on what vehicle operators and the driving public should rightly do when changing lanes and merging while driving in order not to violate the road safety rules.
Step 1: Turn on your turn signal.
Turn signals are the only way you can let other drivers know that you will be changing lanes. Using your blinker to signal your intent to change lanes, merge into traffic, and even turn into a parking spot can help keep you safe.
Step 2: Check your rear-view and side mirrors.
After activating your blinker, take a look into your rear-view and side mirror to ensure you have enough space to make the lane change. If there’s a car in the lane you are merging into, wait until you can see the entire vehicle (wheels included) and a few feet of pavement in front of it in your rear-view mirror.
At this point, if the other car is going at or below the same speed as you are, you should have enough room to change lanes.
It’s essential to keep an eye on the speed of the car you are trying to merge ahead of — if they are accelerating, you are better off letting them pass you before changing lanes (as the space for your car is quickly closing)
Step 3: Look over your shoulder to check your blind spot
Even after checking your mirrors, there’s a spot behind the car that you cannot see – and that spot could easily contain a car or motorcycle! Immediately after checking your mirrors, look over your right shoulder to ensure you do not miss anything.
Always remember when checking your mirrors and blind spot that it is easy to miss smaller objects, like cyclists, so keep your eyes peeled. Additionally, you can better avoid getting hit by not lingering in other drivers’ blind spots.
Step 4: Change lanes!
Once you have determined that it is safe to change lanes, it is time to go for it! Maintain your speed and glide into the lane smoothly.
Step 5: Turn your turn signal off.
Do not be that person driving down the highway with your turn signal blinking. As soon as you are in your desired lane, turn off your blinker.
How to Verify Your Number Plate
The FRSC also gave direction on how car owners across the country could determine the authenticity of their car number plate.
In the post published on its social media platform, it directed concerned persons to visit https://nvis.frsc.gov.ng/VehicleManagement/VerifyPlateNo where they will enter their vehicle’s number plate.
After clicking the “verify” button in the space provided, information on the verification of the car will be displayed below the button.
It noted that the verification is only applicable to the number plates with this format ABC123AB, not AB123 ABC.
In the notice, the agency also noted that it has limited the information provided to only care names and dates of registration to prevent the general public from seeing the full details of the registration.
Cost of Bus Transportation in Nigeria Rises 50% in One Year
By Ashemiriogwa Emmanuel
The average bus fare paid by commuters for journeys within cities across states of the federation increased by 50 per cent year-on-year to N430.58 per drop constant route in August 2021 from N286.99 in the same time of last year.
According to the latest report from the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS), the cost of bus transportation also increased by 5 per cent month-on-month from N410.2 in July 2021.
A look at the price watch for individual states showed that residents of Zamfara and Bauchi States paid the highest average fare for bus Journey within cities during the review period at N670.3 and N635.1 per drop constant route respectively.
This was followed by Taraba State where commuters paid approximately N550.1 on average for bus transportation within cities in the state.
In contrast, Oyo State recorded the lowest average price during the reference period as people paid N220.5 to move by bus from one city to another within the inland state of southwestern Nigeria.
Behind this were Abia and Borno States where the average cost of the bus transport service stood at N239.4 and N297.2 respectively.
Similarly, the average fare paid by commuters for bus journeys from one city to another (intercity) also went up by 1.8 per cent month-on-month to N2,588.7 in August 2021 from N2,542.95.
According to the data, the state with the highest bus journey fare intercity within the period was the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja where people paid N4,700.1 to travel to another city.
This was followed by Lagos and Sokoto where it recorded an average price as high as N3,600.0 and N3,450.2 respectively, while the lowest average cost was recorded in Bayelsa (N1,859.36), Bauchi (N1,900.60), and Akwa Ibom (N1,950.20) accordingly.
According to the stats office, the average price paid by air passengers went up by a marginal 0.1 per cent month-on-month within the period to N36,805.41 for specified routes single journey in August from N36,793.24.
This also showed a 0.53 per cent year-on-year increase from N36,611.2 published for the same time last year.
The report showed that Rivers and Edo States recorded the highest average cost of air travel at N38,900 and N38,500 respectively, which was followed by the country’s largest economic hub, Lagos where it cost N38,200.
However, the lowest airfare was recorded in Akwa-Ibom at N33,100, Sokoto at N33,700, as well as and Gombe at N35,200 according to the order of listing.
Observing the price watch for motorcycle transportation in the country, it the average fare paid by commuters per drop increased by 3.2 per cent month-on-month to N303.25 in August 2021 from N294.02.
On a year-on-year basis, it also went up by 54.2 per cent from N196.7 it cost last year.
In addition, commuters in Yobe who opted for motorcycle transportation within the period paid the highest average at N500.5 per drop. Behind this were Lagos and Taraba state where it cost N487.2 and N465.1 respectively.
However, it was paid for at the lowest in states like Adamawa at N107.1, Niger at N180.1, as well as, Katsina at N180.3 per drop.
The average fare paid by people who travelled by water within the period under review similarly increased by 1.9 per cent month-on-month to N848.2 in August 2021 from N831.97, marking a 23.6 per cent year-on-year increase from N686.7.
The fare for waterway transport recorded the highest average in the southern part of the country, particularly in the oil-producing state, Delta at N2,550.5, followed by Bayelsa at N2,500.47, and Rivers at N2,300.1.
On the other hand, passengers paid the lowest waterway transport fare within the period in states such as Borno (N270.64), Kebbi (N360.11), and Taraba (N380.20).
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