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Are Taxis in Lagos Now Safe?

The last time I went to Nigeria, I was extremy shocked at the image of the taxis that were waiting for passengers at Murtala M. airport in Nigeria. They were all very old, battered, uncared for, brakeless and dirty.However this was about 7 years ago. Has the taxis been changed for new or at least presentable ones or the tourits are still collected at the airport by these same old taxis? May the God bless us!!!!

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The taxis in lagos are safe if only you go with the right ones,we now have "Avis"& Hertz at the international airport and they are just like the avis and hertz you know outside nigeria the only difference is that theirs is a chauffeur driven service.

So if you love yourself i'll advice you to go with a registered car rental company.

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Yes they are.

I took a taxi last year to MMA, and I really enjoyed the company of the driver and his driving. He was pretty interesting and spoke good English. Never met him before, but I was pretty comfortable telling him to drive me straight to the MMA without mixing words with him.

So YES they are relatively safe.

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Why should it be difficult to get good and comfortable rides in Lagos and other parts of Nigeria as it is in other parts of the world? Even with all the traffic and all, if I can call a cab from my house, office or wherever I am and a cab can show up at my door within predictable 15-30mins and will drive me to my destination in a neat air conditioned car, bet i will park my car at home,

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taxis are safe ,but make sure you always board one at the taxi park and not at the road side.

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Well, it does appear that things are gradually improving. I learnt that the BRT scheme is intended to replace the Molues and now a new scheme that will introduce brand new cars as taxis in Lagos is afoot. I think the launch date is 1st of August and the beautiful thing is that it is purely private sector project only regulated by government

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You cold have stop and took another one. I quite agree that some could be crappy but you got options (one i use http://callacablagos.com/.)or other car hire services.

Well, the cab driver was an elderly man, and i didnt want to be rude by insisting he stops. Next time i will put my safety first,

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I have to admit i was a bit scared as the taxi in Anthony from the taxi park was really dodgy. The door close to me didnt lock well and i had to hold it for the duration of my journey?

You cold have stop and took another one. I quite agree that some could be crappy but you got options (one i use http://callacablagos.com/.)or other car hire services.

even at that spot in anthony you could find a nice yellow & black cab!

If you say Cabbing in Lagos is not say then motoring in Lagos isnt either!

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YinkaGal, brazil is cool, you should visit us here someday, you are bound to like it a lot.

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People who spoil Nigeria live abroad and can't even take a taxi abroad, all they can afford are the buses and the train/tube rides, but in Nigeria - they think different.

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I have experienced it, i was not dissapointed at all.

I will still take the Taxis any day.

I took one April 2005 at MMA around 5:30am.

They were registerd with the Airport.

He dropped me at Ojota and even get me a car to Ibadan.

When are we going to Change from this negative attitude about our Country?

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yes, many Yoruba live at the airport and learn intimidation from hawkers.  we have about 800 swarmers on each oyibo so they get scared of pickpockets and getting touched by the peeps with open scabs and wounds festering, trying to lift bags from oyibo, and such, and hawking unlicensed taxis and such, and asking each oyibo 10-12 times to buy x&x and such  but just be careful of the flies hunter because they carry mites and you might get midgeons disease or maleria ooooo.

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Yeah I went in april, its pretty safe although its all that at the same time, na mean?

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Hello all, while this is a free for all, at least we should be constructive in our criticisms, as to the state of ther t axis at the airports either in Lagos or anyother airport in the country for that matter, I disagree with the opinion that they are are death traps, granted they they may not be anything near what obtains in europe or the America they sure are good enough and commensurate to our present standard, they can be improved upon though.

I have been priviledged to use them a no of times and they are by many standards ok, perhaps 7 years bak theyu were terrible but now they are much better, except you are talking of taking taxis way outside the airport area.

My man come home and see things for yourself some of us would just run down things without necessarily making certain of our facts.

I hold no grudge against anybody, but I think we should be constructive and honest in our criticisms. I want to second oloyefela's views.

Love to one and all

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My dear "Oloyefala", there is no lamentation or whatsoever and you needn't be so offensive or aggresive. I thought over here everyone could make complaints or commentaries without being censored, we are only complaining about facts relating to the state of the majority of Nigerian Taxis since the last time I was in Nigeria, that is all. I needed to know something as I haven't been to Nigeria for while and the people who knew the reality fed me the information. Don't be so touch, none of us are taxi drivers and we meant no offence to any taxidriver, so take it easy!!!!!!!!!!

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Why are u lot talking this,u lot are fond of murmruing,complaining.This is the time we need to rise and do something better rather than torturing our mind and trouble our heart through series of lamnentations.If u see the taxis are bad,start by buying one or two on the road,and many other will follow suite,then we will begin to have a better nigeria.aiight?

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Fine but not taxis that come right up to the arrival doors... they are safe... those taxi's are registered in the airport.

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taxis have never been and is not safe as far as Lagos

is concerned. Besides the higher accident risk it is now

a call point for armmed robbers.

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no segun nothing at all.. just get home in 1 piece..... Nigeria hasnt changed much ... only the people have...

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"Madam" Thanks very much for the information. I am counting the days to arrive in Nigeria after years outside. I very much want to breathe that Nigerian air again, see many friends,my relatives, go to many places and see whether Nigeria has changed since my last visit there. It's surely going to be a fantastic holiday. Is there somethig you would like me to bring you from Brazil,Madam?

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btw 2500 and 3000 naira u wld get home safe and sound from the airport

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Thanks be to God that things have really changed for better at the airport then.My last experience was very frustating, but then that was more than 6 years ago. By the way, has anyone got an idea about the charge of a run from the airport to Lawanson/Surulere in our dear Naira? I do hope it isn't expensive, otherwise I will have to take Molue. what a hilarious scene this would be, !!!!!!!

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It's illegal here to do it, there allowed to park in the taxi ranks and thats it.

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@Hunter, Maybe as they have done it several times and you were not harmed, they simply meant no harm!  They may have learnt that method of persistent persuasion from the 'Igbo traders' - ususally persistent when you approach their stores. I am sure the airport management needs to work on that, and perhaps next time, make it known to them.

On my return from Trinidad the other month, a taxi driver approached me at the Heathrow airport. I was a bit suprised but not alarmed at that, anyway, I took the guy's taxi home. You see, it is not exclusive to lagos airport. Maybe things have changed for the better at the airport (lagos).

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I don't see how it's possible to get out of lagos airport without going through the carpark, in general I do not feel safe at the airport.

Omon they usually are pretty persistent, no usually once or twice usually isn't enough, you sometimes have to tell them 5 or so times that you don't want there assistence, however these things maybe because I am white I don't know?

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They are quite safe pls. I still got taxis for an inlaw who came in from UK on saturday at the MMA in Lagos and they were quite fine. They were taken to Ibadan to drop some of the loads brought in.

I work in the Operations Division in my office and always on the road, so I take yellow painted taxis a lot, though I have a car which I dont drive to the office cos of our staff bus. I can vouch for them

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@Hunter, why do you feel intimidated when you get to the airport? It is obvious that these guys are looking to perform a job for which they want a tip. If you do not want their service, you simply smile and say no. Do they ever force you to take their taxi without your consent? If that is the case, then you might feel intimidated. I have only used the Abuja airport and have no idea of how it is in Lagos.

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"Sell Strangers Stuff " what part of the airport did u go. unless u are saying the parking lot...

maybe becos u be inyibo thats why they crowd u..

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@madam, I'm not a nigerian - I am a white person, and I stand by my comments it is still EXTREMELY intimdating stepping out of the airport. I'm not sure about you but people picking up there loved ones usually don't try and sell strangers stuff at the airport?

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@kennyG Pls when last did u go to the international airport... @hunter u guys abroad think those of us back home dont know what happens there... 4 ur info u still have people waiting at the baggage claim area to pick up their loved ones there in that ur oyinbo airports.... so pls what are u saying

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@seun2003 pls come home... u need to see the taxis at the airport,,,, VBOOT WITH AC'S and the price is good u are sure of getting home in one piece.... not like those trains abroad where one is scared of bomb blast.

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The irony is that with the way they are jam packed there. i wonder how they breathe?? il suffocate to death.

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What if the window sides have been occupied before your arrival?

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pray that there won't be outbreak of fire then you'll know molue is not even 2% save.

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I wouldnt enter a molue to save my life

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i prefer molues to taxis,in a molue u sit uncomfortably but its safe...

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nope same stuff is still there, the police really need to clean up the swarms of people hanging around murtala murhammad airport it's very unnerving stepping out and getting swarmed by litterally 100 people.

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just pray its not kidnappers or thieves that are in guise of the taxi driver. at night in Lagos..its safer to avoid the taxi completely. but in the day time. they are relatively safer.. and most are in good condition

@GP Not only molues ooo! most buses are death traps

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I don't agree with you that same is still there.

When last did you go there?

There are lots of changes and the cars there are relatively okay.

That the taxis are brakeless? I won't agree either.

Taxis in lagos are safe only the Molues are death traps.

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Omo boy, that has not changed o. Same story so far.

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