The development of highway transportation system in ASEAN countries

The development of highway networks and vehicle fleets in ASEAN countries has been extremely rapid since 1950 and has been fostered by rapid economic growth and rises in social and living standards over this period. It is shown that the length of the total highway network is dependent upon the per capita income or stage of economic development, and that further highway expansion will continue as strong economic growth in the ASEAN area is anticipated in the future. The vehicle fleets in ASEAN countries are remarkably similar and are presently growing dramatically with a doubling rate every 8 years on average. The fleets in Malaysia and Indonesia are growing even faster than this, probably because of lower fuel prices in these countries compared to other asean countries. Total highway expenditures on the national and provincial road system are similar and also result in about the same per kilometer expenditure. Highway expenditures per person were found to increase with per capita income however and it is shown that such expenditures are used to support a larger highway system as the economy grows. During the current 1980 decade it is felt that the main emphases will be on the maintenance and betterment of the existing national and provincial road system and the development of the district or tertiary network (a).


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Media Info

  • Pagination: 45-63
  • Monograph Title: Proceedings of the third conference of Road Engineering Association of Asia and Australasia. volume 1
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 1

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01438091
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 24 2012 9:22PM