Opay’s Bus-hailing service, OBus is gradually fitting into the Lagos market, and while it is currently undergoing a beta test, it plans to partner with third-party buses owners
Techpoint, a reliable news source had earlier spotted an advert from the company that suggests that the startup is currently seeking for bus owners and vendors willing to partner with or lease their buses to OBus.
This partnership means that OBus won’t have to spend so much for the acquisition of new buses, hence, it will only offer a platform where bus owners can be booked just like in the case of Uber and Taxify who apparently own none of the cars that are been used for their respective services.
The new development is one of the updates that come along with the ongoing beta testing that has now entered the third week. Also, the new policy is aimed to ensure optimum service delivery across the city of Lagos where the startup is currently in operation.
Currently, OBusu Beta service only cover specific locations- Ikeja and CRM, however, with the integration of third-party buses, there is a possibility that the service will extend to more locations any moment soon.
About third-party buses meeting up with OBus’s requirement
The Startup clearly informed that based on the already existing standards, interested bus owners must ensure that their buses are in good condition, and well-facilitated. This means that buses must be equipped with air-conditioner, neat and comfortable interior among other things. Of course, these features are what stand the service out from the traditional Lagos yellow buses.
According to Techpoint who investigated the new development; bus owners that are interested will have to contact the OPay office or contact their marketing staff to discuss partnership details. Our source also stated that Obus drivers should be able to make approximately ₦35,000 on daily returns, however, this price might be inflated in some cases or otherwise deflated based on available bookings. Also, OBus takes a percentage of the daily returns based on the agreement reached with respective drivers.
In addition, Every OBus gets a police escort to avoid unnecessary threats/harassment from the Agberos- an act that has become profound among the traditional yellow bus system. I hope the company will be able to sustain the police escort system; of course, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has got better jobs to do than mere escorting of the public transit.