A Qualitative Investigation of Professional Driver Behavior Due to Socio-Economic, Cultural, Religious Factors and Its Impact on Dubai Road Safety

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Abstract

Dubai (UAE) has experienced phenomenal transformation and rapid development recently. Despite high quality roads and transportation infrastructure, improving road safety is a major challenge due to extremely diverse socio-cultural background of Dubai’s population. Smooth urban mobility is very critical to Dubai’s continued economic growth and future development. Safer roads will not only boost investment and business activity but also improve quality of life for residents and visitors. In this regard, the vision of “zero fatality by 2020” is an ambitious government initiative. This research sought to understand the behavior of professional drivers influenced by unique socio-cultural, economic and religious factors and its impact on road safety in fast growing city of Dubai. The study adopted qualitative method involving in-depth interviews with 25 professional drivers of various backgrounds using thematic analysis. The findings show positive correlation between socio-cultural, economic factors and aberrant driver behavior but religious fatalism needs further research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Human Aspects of Transportation
Subtitle of host publicationAHFE 2018
EditorsNeville Stanton
PublisherSpringer
Pages764-775
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9783319938851
ISBN (Print)9783319938844
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation 2018 - Orlando, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201825 Jul 2018

Publication series

NameAdvances in Intelligent Systems and Computing
PublisherSpringer
Volume786
ISSN (Print)2194-5357
ISSN (Electronic)2194-5365

Conference

ConferenceAHFE International Conference on Human Factors in Transportation 2018
CountryUnited States
CityOrlando
Period21/07/1825/07/18

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Keywords

  • Dubai road safety
  • Human factors
  • Professional driver behavior
  • Religious beliefs
  • Socio-cultural economic factors
  • Traffic safety culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Computer Science(all)

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Tanvir, S., Habib, N. Z., & Walker, G. H. (2019). A Qualitative Investigation of Professional Driver Behavior Due to Socio-Economic, Cultural, Religious Factors and Its Impact on Dubai Road Safety. In N. Stanton (Ed.), Advances in Human Aspects of Transportation: AHFE 2018 (pp. 764-775). (Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing; Vol. 786). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-93885-1_70