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Title: Evaluation of selected effects of pavement riding quality on logistics costs in South Africa
Authors: Steyn, WJvdM
Bean, W
King, D
Komba, J
Keywords: Logistics system
Logistics
Operating costs
Pavements
Road quality
South African roads
Road riding quality
Vehicles
Issue Date: Dec-2011
Publisher: National Academy of Sciences
Citation: Steyn, WJvdM, Bean, W, King, D and Komba, J. 2011. Evaluation of selected effects of pavement riding quality on logistics costs in South Africa. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol 2227(2011), pp 138-145
Series/Report no.: Workflow request;7961
Abstract: The efficient operation of a country’s economy depends, among other things, on an efficient logistical system to ensure that goods can be transported efficiently between producers and users. The costs of logistics include aspects such as transport, storage, inventory, and management. Of these, the transport costs are directly influenced by the condition of the transport infrastructure. The effects of road riding quality on the costs of logistics were evaluated through analysis of data on actual truck costs (specifically, vehicle damage and maintenance) obtained from a logistics service provider as well as data on road riding quality for the routes used by the company. Analysis of the data indicated that the vehicle operating costs increased with decreasing riding quality (as would be expected). Spending adequate resources on the maintenance of routes in a country decreased vehicle fleet operating costs and ultimately the logistics costs of the country. It is recommended that the study be broadened to incorporate a larger sample of vehicles and road conditions.
Description: Copyright: 2011 National Academy of Sciences. This is the Post Print version of the work. The definitive version is published in Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Vol 2227, pp 138-145
URI: http://trid.trb.org/view.aspx?id=1091702
http://hdl.handle.net/10204/5530
ISSN: 0361-1981
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