This paper, published in the 86th UNESCAP Transport Bulletin, addresses the need of rural people for transport services to travel to markets and services at local towns. Different types of rural transport users want passenger services that are affordable, frequent, predictable, safe and carry freight. Many different vehicles can be used, each with advantages. Compliance with public transport regulations is poor on rural roads.
Rural roads and transport services authorities are not integrated. Transport regulators are under-resourced and concentrate on urban and inter-urban services. Research should identify ‘best practices’ for rural transport services.
This report is part of Applied Research on Rural Roads and Transport Services through Community Access Programmes in Africa and Asia (AFCAP2 and AsCAP) Copyright with UNESCAP
Starkey, P. (2016). Provision of Rural Transport Services: User Needs, Practical Constraints and Policy Issues. In: UNESCAP Transport and Communication Bulletin for Asia and the Pacific [online]. V86, pp. 6-22.