FATIGUE LEVELS OF MINIBUS-TAXI DRIVERS

This article presents some results of a study undertaken to assess the fatigue level of minibus taxi drivers in South Africa. A major problem in South Africa is that more and more taxi drivers are forced to work longer hours to survive economically. The drivers are being exhausted by a continual attack on their physiological and physical well-being, resulting from their bad conditions of work, including lack of financial security and exposure to violence and extreme weather. The study tested the following aspects of the psychomotor process, to find the effects of long driving hours: (1) concentration under monotonous conditions; (2) a simple decision/reaction response test, to assess decision and reaction times and errors; (3) reactive stress tolerance; and (4) visual structuring ability. It was found that: (1) fatigue probably affects the ability to maintain concentration under monotonous conditions; (2) the central nervous system seems to tolerate fatigue to a certain extent; (3) fatigue does adversely affect the ability to recover, especially when problems are experienced; and (4) fatigue affects the quality of visual perception, especially the omission of details, rather than perceptual speed.

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    SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS

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    LYNWOOD RIDGE,   South Africa  0040
  • Publication Date: 1995

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Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 24-5
  • Serial:
    • ROBOT
    • Issue Number: 2
    • Publisher: SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS
    • ISSN: 0035-7391

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  • Accession Number: 00714501
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Dec 27 1995 12:00AM