The argument presented in this report is that the relationships between improved rural road infrastructure and the provision of complementary vehicle services have not been fully understood resulting in over emphasis on infrastructure and under emphasis on the vehicle services themselves. The paper draws on evidence from cross country comparisons to conclude that there are particular problems in the rural areas of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).
The report presents findings, and the way forward in respect of the Knowledge and Research (KAR) Project on vehicle operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, basically undertaken in Uganda and Ghana. In the first phase, the study identified problems faced by transport operators in both countries, and analyzed their impact on vehicle operating costs, as well as examining transport regulations, and current organization of transport services and their impact on vehicle utilization.
This document analyzes ways to improve rural mobilization, by providing means of transportation, and affordable services for rural populations in developing countries, who by and large, lack access to transport infrastructure, and services, aggravating socioeconomic development, and poverty conditions. Several factors hamper the development of transport mobilization, and influence promotion efforts, despite budgets supporting transports improvements.