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Title: An analysis of the impact of deficient traffic control devices on road traffic violations in Delhi
Author: Baluja, Rohit
ISNI:       0000 0004 2703 2715
Awarding Body: The University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2009
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This applied research has introduced and subsequently investigated the concept of Road Traffic Violations (RTVs) as a yardstick for the assessment of road safety and its underlying causative factors in developing countries. The research has focused in establishing the relationship between RTVs and the deficiencies in the road environment, primarily those related to the Traffic Control Devices( TCDs) at signalised intersections. An exemplar methodology has been developed to help agencies in developing countries to reduce RTVs by examining their causal factors and by devising measures for dealing with deficient TCDs, thereby improving the road environment. The researchh as been accomplished through three extensive studies carried out in the most accident prone locations of Delhi, India. The first study revealed that over 146 million daily RTVs by motorised traffic occurred in Delhi, of which 23% were related to faulty road environment. Based upon these findings, subsequent studies investigated five types of deficiencies in TCDs at signalised intersections and their role in causing five types of RTVs. The most significant findings from this part of the research included:( 1) Drivers do not always commit violations voluntarily and therefore investigation into such involuntary violations could reveal various factors that compel drivers to violate. (2) There are a number of hidden violations,caused by the absence of TCDs at signalised intersections, which when taken into consideration could facilitate a more comprehensive assessment of the risks faced by road users. Furthermore the findings have been compared with the views of the stakeholders and 100 drivers of commercial vehicles. The research has also compared the violations data with feedback from on-the-spot field interviews held with 600 violators. Finally, this applied research has proposed a number of recommendations on engineering, education and enforcement to deal with RTVs and deficiencies in TCDs to improve road safety.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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