Many commuters were left stranded on Monday after Lagos commercial bus drivers commenced a seven day strike action.
The striking drivers are under the umbrella of the Joint Drivers Welfare Association Of Nigeria (JDWAN).
The action, according to the National Leader, Akintade Abiodun, is against the illegal fees collected by government officials from drivers in the state.
In a statement issued in Sunday, Abiodun lamented that the exorbitant fees charged from drivers had increased the cost of living in the state.
Their strike action is expected to end on November 6.
The group, in a statement by its lawyer, Ayo Ademiluyi, said it had been subjected to indiscriminate extortion and violent harassment by the management of parks and garages in the state.
The statement read in part, “As commercial drivers in Lagos State under the aegis of JDWAN, we are left with no choice than to embark on seven days of protest and boycott of services over multiple and excessive extortions by the management of parks and garages in the state.
“We have notified members of the public and the Lagos State Government over multiple and excessive extortions by the motor parks and garages management.
“The cost of transportation affects the cost of goods and services and consequently the cost of living, which has spiralled astronomically in Lagos State as a result of the effect of motor parks excessive and illegal ticketing and tolling at almost every bus stop.”
The group added that half of their income is lost to ticketing while lamenting that they get arrested when they are unable to pay the taxes.
The group said, “No to charging drivers three passengers money after loading in parks or garages; we kick against paying motor park thugs at every bus stop; harassment of law enforcement agencies & intimidation with guns, cutlasses, broken bottles by LASTMA, task force and RRS must end immediately; we demand that the Lagos State Government should provide official bus stops in each community to avoid incessant arrests and stress for commuters who complain of having to trek several kilometres back to their bus stops.”