Bajajis Come to Tanzania

The auto rickshaw, or bajaji, has become an increasingly popular mode of public transportation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This article discusses how the use of bajajis has grown in recent years, and the advantages and drawbacks to this transportation mode. The bajajis serve a niche market between poorly-maintained, overcrowded minibuses called daladalas, and expensive taxicabs. Bajajis are less expensive than taxis and convenient for traveling down narrow streets. The success of the bajaji industry has caused some degree of consternation from daladala and taxi owners. Bajajis are generally believed to be unsafe and are very polluting. Many bajaji drivers do not hold the proper licenses. The Tanzanian government banned bajajis as for-hire transport in 2008, but quickly rescinded this ban in all areas but the central business district due to public outcry. Despite the drawbacks, the bajaji industry in Dar es Salaam continues to grow steadily. If the city can successfully address the pollution and safety problems, bajajis might be a useful way to access Dar es Salaam's planned bus rapid transit system, scheduled to open in 2012.

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  • Accession Number: 01150835
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 1 2010 8:13PM