Recent international trends in the reform of road management, point to the need to transform Force Account road maintenance services. With Force Account, funding tends to be erratic; management of equipment and its support facilities inadequate, planning, supervision and execution require high standards of staffing, quality control may be poor; and reporting systems weak. Contracted works have the advantages that payment of work is done to specification, rates are known making budgeting and planning easier, risk is transferred from the Public Sector to the Private Sector, and the profit motive tends to promote efficiency and reduce unnecessary waste. An ILO study in Cambodia found that contracted road maintenance is 24% cheaper than force account (Munters 2003) and Talvitie (1996) found contracting out gave 5-15% in efficiency gains. Many countries have already gone through this process and every country has a different experience. This paper brings a systematic approach with a focus on situation analysis, identification of options, developing transformation strategy, addressing social issues, management options, and monitoring efficiency and effectiveness of the program.
This Note is a summary of the full report How a road agency can transform Force Account road maintenance to contracting.
orld Bank, Washington D.C., USA. Transport Research Note No. TRN-31
TRN31: How a Road Agency Can Transform Force Account Road Maintenance to Contracting