Operation and movement of Taxis in Kibuli ward, Kampala.
Kinene, Aaliya Nancy
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This research aimed at aimed at analysing how taxis operate, taxi stages centers, hours of operation in a day, circulation of these taxis around Kibuli ward,the types of passenger customers that use taxis and general view of people about taxi operation in Kibuli ward. The researcher came up with the following research objectives; • To identify the movement and circulation of taxis on Prince Badru Kakungulu Road and Lubuga Road throughout Kibuli ward. • To identify the management of taxis using Prince Badru Kakungulu Road and Lubuga Road in Kibuli ward. To identify the challenges facing the taxi business in Kibuli ward. • To design strategies to improve management of taxis that use Prince Badru Kakungulu Road and Lubuga Road in Kibuli ward. The researcher used data collection methods like observation, literature review, interviews, questionnaire, aircraft method and after processed and analysed the data collected and presented it inform of pie charts, graphs. The key findings of the researcher included, the taxis have varying schedules for time during the day, there was absence of a defined managing taxi association in Kibuli ward, taxis are privately owned, absence of information about the code of conduct by taxi operators, the challenges faced by taxi operators which include high taxes, disrespectful passengers, accidents and the challenges faced by taxi passengers which included poor hygiene, theft, over stopping and vulgarity of operators. The strategies that were proposed include to improve management in Kibuli ward include loan associations, stage signs, better roads, road signs, planned parking space, better security. The key recommendations provided include provision of strict laws to ensure road users practice proper road behaviour, planning schemes for public transport, provision of road signs, establishment of a strong management association, designation of proper taxi stages, report of vehicles in poor condition, ensure proper hygiene when using taxis by the users. Conclusively, the current situation of taxis business in Kibuli ward is very poor, therefore the above recommendations should put into consideration to ensure efficient operation and movement of taxis in this area.