The human factor: first responsible for road accidents in large taxis in the rabat-kenitra region
This article focuses on the persistence of road safety problems in Morocco, despite the implementation of a comprehensive national strategy and the efforts made by the relevant authorities. Road accidents persist as a scourge threatening the lives of road users and the country's economy. Urban growth, the expansion of urban areas, and the country's economic development mean that public transport is of crucial importance to national and regional development. Despite the positive indicators of its impact, road insecurity remains a major problem, resulting in significant economic losses and human suffering.
To gain a better understanding of the situation, a study was undertaken in the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, located in northwest Morocco, focusing on Grand Taxi drivers, professionals who spend long hours on the road. These drivers were interviewed at the region's main cab ranks, and responses were mainly collected verbally due to the level of education of this professional category.
Grand Taxi drivers, as a human element, are widely identified as being responsible for road accidents causing many casualties every year. They face physical and mental problems, long working hours, heavy traffic, and a stressful working environment due to the density of the population and the diversity of passengers. All these factors make them a potential risk factor for serious accidents, with adverse consequences on many levels.
The article highlights the need to mobilize all players and sectors concerned by the road safety of Grand Taxis in the Rabat-Salé-Kénitra region, in order to alleviate the suffering and resolve the problems facing these professionals. It calls for collective action to promote safer driving and improve working conditions for these drivers, thereby helping to reduce the risk of accidents and save lives on Moroccan roads.
Keyword: Road safety - Grand Taxis - Morocco- Road accidents- Mobilization of stakeholders
JEL Classiciation: R41
Type of article: Applied research
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