Transaid researches safe rural transport in Africa

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Transaid has begun in-country research to enhance understanding of safe three-wheeler and motorcycle use for rural transport in Ghana, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.

A group of motorcycle users in Uganda, one of the four countries where Transaid is conducting key research.

The initiative is designed to help improve affordable and safe access for those using three-wheelers, motorcycles and motorcycle taxis. The scheme will continue until 2018 – when the findings from the research will be shared through media outlets, with the overall goal being that the recommendations are implemented by the government bodies in each of the African countries.

Transaid’s Neil Rettie, motorcycle safety specialist for the project, said: “The use of motorcycles has increased significantly, and they are now one of the most use vehicles on rural roads across these four countries. However, this means of transport is largely informal and therefore strategies to address safety are still relatively underdeveloped, particularly on low-volume roads in rural areas.

“There is a pressing need to establish affordable and appropriate procedures to allow local people to benefit from motorcycle use and services safely. This project aims to develop realistic recommendations and potential solutions which will be beneficial to people who rely on these forms of transport.”

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