Prevalence and factors associated with road traffic crash among taxi drivers in Hanoi, Vietnam

Quang Ngoc La, Andy H. Lee, Lynn B. Meuleners, Dat Van Duong

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Abstract

Injury due to road traffic crash is a major cause of ill health and premature deaths in developing countries. Taxis provide a main mode of public transport in Vietnam but there has been little research on the risk of crash for taxi drivers. This retrospective study collected information on taxi crashes for the period 2006-2009 by interviewing drivers from five taxi companies in Hanoi, Vietnam, using a structured questionnaire. Of the total 1214 participants recruited, 276 drivers reported at least one crash, giving an overall crash prevalence of 22.7%. Among the crashed group, 50 drivers (18.1%) were involved in two to four crashes. Logistic regression analysis further identified age of driver, type of driving licence, employment status, perceived sufficiency of income, seat-belt usage, and traffic infringement history to be significantly associated with the crash risk. Further prospective and qualitative studies are recommended to provide detailed crash characteristics as well as behaviour and perception of taxi drivers, so that an effective intervention can be developed to improve road safety and to prevent injury of these commercial drivers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-455
Number of pages5
JournalAccident Analysis and Prevention
Volume50
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013
Externally publishedYes

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