Study on various elements of rural transport safety: a synthesis of pilot case studies from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Cameroon and Peru

Study on various elements of rural transport safety: a synthesis of pilot case studies from Sri Lanka, India, Madagascar, Cameroon and Peru

Examining safety dimensions in rural transport

This paper by the International Forum for Rural Transport and Development reports on five studies in India, Peru, Cameroon, Madagascar and Sri Lanka that explore how rural transport safety issues affect the lives of women, men and children in rural areas. The studies examine different aspects of rural transport safety including: safety and harassment, safety issues on rural roads, and safety issues on other local infrastructure including footbridges, water crossings, paths, tracks and water transport.

The paper finds that whilst better law enforcement is required to improve rural transport safety, the enforcement of existing and new safety regulations could bring an end to all existing, already limited, rural transport services. It recommends that safety needs to be fully integrated into major rural road programmes from the design to implementation phase. Communities have to participate in designing safety interventions to get a more holistic picture of safety needs and perceptions. Communities should also participate in prioritising appropriate local infrastructure, such as water crossings and help build and maintain them. [adapted from author]

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