Title

DAILY COST CONSIDERATIONS IN THE OPERATIONS OF COMMERCIAL MOTORCYCLES IN NIGERIA: A LOCATIONAL ANALYSIS FOR AKURE TOWNSHIP

Authors

J O. Fasakin

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

2002

Subject Area

infrastructure - vehicle, infrastructure - fleet management, planning - methods, ridership - elasticity, economics - operating costs, organisation - management, mode - mass transit, mode - bike

Keywords

Under developed countries, TSM, Transportation systems management, Transportation system management, Transit vehicle operations, Transit operating agencies, Transit lines, Transit, Third world, Repairing, Repair, Regulatory policy, Public transit lines, Public transit, Policy, Policies, Ownership, Operating costs, Okadas, Motorcyclists, Motorcycles, Motorcycle riders, Motorcycle operators, Mass transit lines, Mass transit, Local transit, Less developed countries, Law enforcement personnel, Labor unions, Labor relations, Industrial relations, Government policy, Fleet management, Empirical methods, Elasticity (Economics), Developing countries, Cost of operation, Cost estimating, Coefficients, Akure (Nigeria)

Abstract

Commercial motorcycles, locally called Okadas, have started to play an important role in public transportation in developing countries such as Nigeria. This paper presents empirical estimates of some of the factors that explain the costs of daily operations of commercial motorcyclists in Akure, Nigeria. Results show that the most important determinants of daily operational costs of Okadas include: various levies imposed by union officials (garaging costs); motorcycle age; ownership level of operations; the cordiality of the relationship between the hired operators and owners of business; the repair skills of operators; and the various problems encountered daily by operators at the hand of law enforcement agents. Empirical analysis also indicates that various estimates are inelastic since all coefficients are less than unity. These results have important policy implications for the continuity of operations and the management of Okadas.

Comments

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