6 key points of the National Household Travel Survey

2014-07-17 12:51
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Cape Town - Access to affordable, safe and reliable transport remains a challenge in a number of areas across South Africa, says Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters.

Speaking at the official released of the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2013 in Tshwane on Thursday, Peters unpacked the stats which looks at transport use, travel patterns and other transport related matters of South African households.

Conducted every ten years by Statics South Africa on behalf of the department its findings are critical regarding the research, planning and implementation of projects and programmes aimed to benefit South Africa’s broader society.

First undertaken in 2003, the South African transport and travelling landscape has changed considerably according to StatsSA.

Click here to download full National Household Travel Survey, 2013 

1. Travel Time has been listed as the most important factor determining choice of travel in 2013 compared to safety which dominated in 2003.

2. 26,5% of commuters changed transport at least once in 2003. This dropped to 17,1% in 2013. 

3. Overall use of Public transport (Bus, Taxi and train) increased across the board when compared to 2003 - with the biggest rise across the use of minibus taxis up to 69% in 2013 from 59% in 2003. 

4. There has been an estimated 5% increase in the percentage of the nation now travelling in a period of 7 days used in the survey as compared to 2003, with an even split between gender and females more likely to travel in the same period.

5. General transport-related problems cited in the survey include poor roads and rude drivers – see the breakdown according to province below.

6. When it came to the use of taxis, the survey indicates cost, recklessness and unavailability at specific times are critical areas of concern. 

National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2013 General transport-related problems 

National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) 2013 use of Taxis

Stats SA said the reference period of the study was centred around seven days prior to the interview. 

“Due to population size and degree of urbanisation, the majority of persons who undertook trips during the reference period lived in Gauteng, and the least number of persons who undertook trips were found in Northern Cape."

The survey also shows more than half of the travellers in the country reside in four provinces Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape, Western Cape.

Approximately 85% of individuals in urban, metropolitan and rural areas travelled during the 7-day reference period, whilst only 75,4% of individuals living in rural areas were likely to travel.  

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