Driving Behaviour of Taxi Drivers towards Sustainable Public Road Transport in Ogun State, Nigeria

  • Bashir Olufemi Odufuwa Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria
  • Umar Obafemi Salisu Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria
  • Simeon Oluwagbenga Fasina Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria
  • Nathaniel Oluwaseun Ogunseye Department of Urban and Regional Planning, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria
  • Sunday Samuel Omoniyi Department of Architecture, Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-Iwoye, Nigeria
Keywords: Driving Behaviour, Taxi, Motorist, Cities, Public Road Transport

Abstract

Driving is a psychomotor activity that requires combination of mental concentration and good visual functions. Regrettably, incessant deviant driving behaviour of commercial taxi drivers is worrisome. This study examines the driving behaviour of taxi drivers towards sustainable public road transport in Ogun State, Nigeria. Seven hundred and fifty (750) copies of questionnaire were distributed using multistage and random sampling techniques. Multiple Regression and Analysis of Variance (ANOVA) were used to test postulated hypotheses at 0.05 level of significance. More males (94%) are involved in commercial taxi driving than female (6%); and 91% had driving experience of more than two years. Factors influencing deviant driving behaviour of taxi drivers are intake of alcohol (72%); intake of drugs and other local substances before and while driving (65%); attitudes of traffic officers (96%); traffic situation (90%); demand for services (96%) and vehicle condition (88%). There is statistically significant relationship between years of driving experience and driving behaviour of taxi drivers (F14735 17.118= P<0.05). Meanwhile, nine (9) out of the fourteen (14) predictors best predict driving behaviour of commercial drivers. This study recommends adherence to road safety driving rules and enforcement measures.

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