MODERNISING THE INFORMAL URBAN TRANSPORTATION SECTOR. SOME POLICY ISSUES

The paper reviews policy issues outlining general implications of certain policy instruments. Informal services are privately owned and operators demand responsive systems. The capacity of the vehicles used is highly variable, typically within the range of 4 to 20 passengers. Changes in demand are accommodated by varying routes, scheduling routes and fares in time and space. Efforts to modernise the informal sector and incorporate into the formal sector have only been moderately successful. There is a relatively high cost of entry into the informal sector, especially into motorised operations. The main operational configurations of informal urban transport modes in developing countries are described. Key interests influencing policy formulation are identified and the implications of adopting certain measures are pointed out. The evolution of a policy for informal transport services in Harare, Zimbabwe is presented to underline some of the pertinent issues. For the covering abstract see IRRD 879918.

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: V-73-V-82

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00724108
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 19 1996 12:00AM