Small Scale Commercial Bus Transport Business In Nigeria, How To Start
How To Get Started With A Small Scale Commercial Bus Transport Business In Nigeria.
First thing to do is to purchase a neatly used Toyota Bus which costs about N1,300,000 Naira that can carry about 14 passengers or a mini bus which cost about N700,000 Naira and conveys about 6 passengers in total, but before the bus is purchased you will need to get it tested by a automobile technician whom you trust before making payment. Once that is done the next phase will be to get the necessary legal documents to put the bus on the road. Also, get registered with the National Union Of Road Transport Workers so that you avoid the unnecessary embarrassment that make likely show up when you cant provide legal documents. You will also need to register with a new park association where you can load in your passengers and then settle a little commission once the bus gets filled up and ready to move.
You can decide to be the one to drive your bus around but you must get a conductor whose job will be to call passenger bus stop, collect the bus fair and attend to passengers, to avoid getting daily complaints. Another way to go about this will be to get a bus driver who will drive the bus for you, but he should be a dedicated and God fearing driver who will deliver your returns daily to you to earn on salary basis or on hire purchase basis after carrying out some background check which must be done properly before handing him over the bus. This will enable for transparency and openness which is healthy for such business.
I have an uncle who got into this business in 1995 with one bus, but today he has several fleet of buses that he as expanded into inter-state transport business in Nigeria today. Many people think that this business is stressful but indeed it is a cool business when its properly done with sincere people.