Amphibious bus services in Lagos?

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An amphibious bus runs like a standard vehicle on roads, but also runs on water. The concept of amphibious vehicles is not new. It has been implemented in military circles, as seen in Assault Amphibious Vehicles (also known as amphibious landing vehicles).

amphibibus amphibious bus

Here is an example:
amphibious landing vehicle - amphibious bus

The military amphibious vehicles are heavyweights and work well. Amfibuses have already been trialled in the UK (the pictures in this post are from those trials). Certainly, we can look forward to amphibious buses becoming more mainstream sometime in the future. Can we hope to see such buses in Lagos any time soon?

Amfibus - amphibious bus

Yes; I know. There are lots of factors that have to be sorted out. Like overloading, water hyacinth on our waterways, etc. Still, your contributions please.


  1. Deal with the Water Hyacinths first. Personally these ideas are a good one outside of a Nigerian context.

    The only way this will work in Nigeria is if we have responsible drivers and responsible business owners. I don’t expect passengers to behave responsibly but if the owners and drivers involved enforce strict loading and driving rules it could work.

    But then it could easily fall down at the maintenance end (BRT buses in Lagos are a perfect example of this)

  2. I’m not exactly sure of the benefits of amphibious busses in Nigeria or Lagos. I don’t really see the benefits when we have a good number of busses out there. sure, in theory it will have some benefits but the cost will simply kill whatever benefits there is and I truly don’t think it’s even very practical.

    The two transportation system should still remain separated why further invested should be made in each area.

  3. While there are babies that don’t even crawl at all before starting to totter and then walk, it’s always good to do things in the right sequence

    Nigeria is still a baby that needs to learn to crawl properly FIRST. Then we can start learning how to walk, and possibly run… some day…

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