The National Black Panel (NBP) was originally established by the Department of Transport to measure the attitudes of black commuters with regard to transport issues and to monitor their response to change. The research project on which this paper is based analysed the results of two panel surveys carried out in March and August 1988. Eleven major urban areas within South Africa were chosen to be represented on the NBP. The aim of the research was to understand black travel and to analyse changes in travel patterns between surveys in order to identify trends. Although it is common knowledge that there has recently been a proliferation of combi-taxis, one of the findings of this study is that combi-taxis have emerged as serious competitors to conventional public transport. In August 1988, 30 per cent of commuters made use of taxis. Another finding was that there was little dissatisfaction with the existing train service. The most urgent and important aspects of transport that respondents felt required attention related to buses and combi-taxis. Although certain trends were identified between the two surveys, it is difficult with only two data sets to determine the true causes of these trends. (TRRL)

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    South African Institution of Civil Engineers

    P.O. Box 62129
    Marshalltown 2107,   South Africa 
  • Authors:
    • Hardwick, T
    • Wilmot, C
  • Publication Date: 1991-2


  • Afrikaans

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 45-47
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  • Accession Number: 00619905
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Mar 31 1992 12:00AM