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Publication Date

Fall 2010

Program Name

Cameroon: Social Pluralism and Development

Abstract

Taxis are the most common form of transportation found in Yaoundé, Cameroon. However, they are also a prime example of unsafe driving, causing a large number of minor accidents that often go unreported and uncorrected. Nevertheless, driving is a social responsibility, and smaller accidents have their own set of repercussions. Perhaps the strongest argument to understand and correct this problem is that it is preventing Cameroon’s capital city from becoming developed in the way of providing safe commercial transportation. In order to better understand this issue, it is necessary to deconstruct the mindsets of all involved. The focus of this research paper, then, is to perform a case study of taxi driving in Yaoundé – critically analyzing all existing mentalities. Much of the research includes identifying the key players of the transportation sector, surveying, and conducting interviews with representatives from these various groups. Some examples are policymakers, law enforcers, and the taxi drivers themselves. With the assistance of secondary research, the opinions of informants, and a novel look at the current situation, this paper offers a comprehensive study of taxi driving in Yaoundé, as well as highlights areas of improvement and proposes ways to ameliorate the situation.

Disciplines

Public Affairs, Public Policy and Public Administration | Urban Studies and Planning

 

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