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The urban motorcycle taxi sector in Sub-Saharan Africa: needs, practices and equity issues

Owino, Fredrick; Peters, Krijn; Jenkins, Jack; Opiyo, Paul; Chetto, Reginald; Ntramah, Simon; Mutabazi, Mugisha Marion; Vincent, James; Johnson, Ted P.; Santos, Rosemarie T.; Hayombe, Patrick

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Fredrick Owino

Krijn Peters

Paul Opiyo

Reginald Chetto

Simon Ntramah

Mugisha Marion Mutabazi

James Vincent

Ted P. Johnson

Rosemarie T. Santos

Patrick Hayombe


Motorcycle taxis in Sub-Saharan Africa are an essential component of the urban transport mix, providing vital services - such as access to markets, education and health facilities - to city dwellers across the continent. Transport regulators and policymakers have nonetheless remained reluctant to engage with this expanding sector, which seems to be the preferred mode of transport. Primary data were collected in five Sub-Saharan African countries during the last quarter of 2020 using qualitative interviews with key stakeholders relevant to the urban motorcycle taxi sector and quantitative motorcycle taxi operator surveys. There is a substantial prospect to come up with best practices within this sector by identifying and learning from the experiences of various stakeholders including motorcycle taxi and motor tricycle taxi operators, unions, institutions, traffic police, and users of these services. In addition, the data shows that there are ample opportunities for increased collaboration between the stakeholders, to ensure the sector’s continuous contribution to socio-economic development. Planning for a more sustainable and integrated transport system in Sub-Saharan African cities requires acknowledging the significant position taken up in this by the motorcycle and tricycle taxi.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date May 8, 2024
Online Publication Date May 13, 2024
Publication Date Dec 31, 2024
Deposit Date Jun 13, 2024
Publicly Available Date Jun 14, 2024
Journal Urban, Planning and Transport Research
Publisher Routledge
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 1
Article Number 2354400
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