Original Research

Transport barriers encountered by people with disability in Africa: An overview

Babra Duri, Rose Luke
Journal of Transport and Supply Chain Management | Vol 16 | a826 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/jtscm.v16i0.826 | © 2022 Babra Duri, Rose Luke | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 28 July 2022 | Published: 04 November 2022

About the author(s)

Babra Duri, Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management, Faculty of Management, University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Rose Luke, Department of Transport and Supply Chain Management, Faculty of Management, University of South Africa, Johannesburg, South Africa


Background: The transport needs of people with disability are often marginalised, and universally accessible transport remains a challenge in many African countries. Lack of accessible transport may lead to high unemployment rates, poverty and lack of opportunities among people with disability.

Objectives: The purpose of this study is to identify transport barriers encountered by people with disability in Africa.

Method: A systematic literature review design was followed, while content analysis was used to analyse the data obtained.

Results: One of the most significant barriers for the African countries is the lack of universally accessible transport infrastructure coupled with poor maintenance of existing infrastructure. Lack of policies and legislation on transport and disability as well as poor implementation was also common among African countries.

Conclusion: The transport barriers identified in this study provide insights into what people with disability are experiencing in accessing public transport and guide policymakers and city planners in providing universally accessible transportation.


public transport; transport barriers; people with disability; universally accessible transport; accessibility; Africa

JEL Codes

L91: Transportation: General; R40: General; R41: Transportation: Demand, Supply, and Congestion • Travel Time • Safety and Accidents • Transportation Noise; R42: Government and Private Investment Analysis • Road Maintenance • Transportation Planning

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities


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