Metropolitan Transport Safety and Security: An African Experience

This article examines the safety and security of intra-urban transport in Ilesa, Nigeria. Using multistage sampling, six political wards were selected: three from the high-density area, two from the medium-density area, and one from the low-density area. In all 300 copies of the questionnaire were administered. Data obtained were analyzed using percentages and the Relative Importance Index (RII) that was employed to analyze five different variables with a view to measuring either their relative importance or frequency. It was found that crimes and crashes punctuate transport safety and security in Ilesa, and that the vulnerability of trip makers to these crimes and crashes varied by mode. Speeding, recklessness, and drunk driving topped the chart of causes of accidents. Also owners of private cars were found to be the safest and most secure group of trip makers, whereas commercial motorcycle passengers and pedestrians were found to be the most vulnerable groups to transit crimes and crashes, respectively. Furthermore, the agencies responsible for traffic control and management were found to be wanting in some key functions with implications for safety and security. Based on the findings, policy recommendations are proffered to enhance transport safety and security in the city.


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  • Accession Number: 01638907
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 26 2017 3:09PM