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Assessing the social cost of motorcycle casualties in developing countries

Lookup NU author(s): Hera Widyastuti, Roger Bird


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There are various ways of assessing the cost and impact of road traffic casualties. However, this varies between countries, and the social consequences of accidents may be more far reaching in societies with a less developed welfare and social security system. There has been little work done to date to assess the social costs of road traffic casualties in developing countries. Motorcycling is a widely used mode of transport in developing countries, and the majority of motorcycle casualties are people are in the productive age group. Therefore motorcycle casualties have been selected for this study. This paper takes the region of Surabaya in Indonesia as a case study. The number of motorcycles in Surabaya has grown by 6.25% in the last 9 years, with a corresponding increase in the number of casualties. Indonesia has, as yet, no accident cost manual, although studies leading to this began in 1997. This paper describes the methodology and initial results of a study to determine the costs of motorcycle casualties, including developing a method for determining the social cost of such casualties.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Widyastuti H, Bird RN

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Unknown

Conference Name: 36th Annual Conference, Universities’ Transport Study Group

Year of Conference: 2004

Pages: 2C3.1-10