In 2015, the Research for Community Access Partnership (ReCAP) funded a cluster of collaborating projects in Tanzania, implemented by NGOs, to gain baseline information relating to rural passenger and freight services, their appropriateness, costs and safety. The studies identified the lack of conventional transport services (associated with poor road infrastructure) and a rapidly increasing use of motorcycles for passenger and freight transport services. While the costs per tonne-kilometre or passenger-kilometre of motorcycle taxis are two to four times higher than conventional services, they provide a vital service that is greatly appreciated by rural people, including older persons and women.
ReCAP. Networked Transport services research : the Tanzania example. (2015) 2 pp.