Managing Road Safety in Developing Countries: The Case of Sri Lanka
Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lank, LK
Thamasha Jayanetti is a lecturer in Quantity Surveying and Management at College of Quantity Surveying, Institute of Quantity Surveyors Sri Lanka (IQSSL). He obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Postgraduate Institute of Management attached to University of Sri Jayewardenepura, Sri Lanka. He obtained his first degree with honours in Quantity Surveying and Construction Management form the Sheffield Hallam University, United Kingdom.
Prof. B.A.K.S. Perera is a Professor in Quantity Surveying attached to the Department of Building Economics, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka. She is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Quantity Surveyors, Sri Lanka (FIQSSL), the Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (FAIQS) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (FRICS). She has published nearly 125 refereed papers coming under the areas of risk management, construction procurement, construction project management, quantity surveying, facilities management and property development in leading journals and conferences in the field of built environment.
The social and economic burdens of road accidents have become a governing issue for the authorities and policymakers of developing countries. Lack of research on road safety management is a key factor that has hindered the development of road safety in developing countries. Thus, the aim of this study was to enhance the road safety standards in developing countries with Sri Lanka as an example.
A qualitative approach was adopted in the study and the required empirical data were collected through case studies, structured interviews, and a documentary review. The collected data were analyzed using manual content analysis.
The study findings reveal that the road conditions in Sri Lanka are not satisfactory. Further, eighteen causes of road traffic accidents and nineteen strategies that can enhance the road safety standards in Sri Lanka were identified through the study. Previous studies have revealed only the statistics, trends, and economic impacts of road accidents in developing countries. Thus, there is a dearth of literature on the management of road safety standards in developing countries and this study fulfills this research gap. The study is novel in that it explored in detail how the road safety standards in developing countries could be enhanced by taking Sri Lanka as an example.