8 October 2015

Ethiopia: Poor Public Transport Impacts Economy - Research

A research conducted on public transport was tabled for discussion here Tuesday. The research paper was presented at a meeting held to evaluate quarterly performance report of Trade Practice and Consumers Protection Authority.

Conducted by GYD United Consulting PLC, the research focused on selected areas of the country.

According to the research, the increase in transportation cost, long queues of commuters waiting for busses/taxis, unnecessary conflicts with minibus assistants, robbery and physical damage, poor quality service, poor treatment of people with disability, the elderly, pregnant women and children and others were cited as serious problems.

The social and economic impact of problems emanating from poor public transport service was also emphasized in the research.

According to the research, poor public transport has a direct impact on economic performance of a given country for it affects workers industriousness.

It also indicated that driving licence and vehicle inspection process, violation of rules and regulations by concerned governmental body and deep rooted rent seeking mentality, absence of timely revision of rules and regulations and insufficient coordination of transport sector planning as sector serious problems.

The research recommends encouraging non-motorized transport system in Addis Ababa and other states, introduction of mass transit system like Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and urban light-rail systems, improved access to public transportation service to all segments of the society, developing and integrating modern public transport related technology, improving the regulatory and institutional framework for promoting sustainable public transport, and active participation of the private sector in the public transport, among others.

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