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RHD Operational Procedure Planning and Maintenance Wing
 
Economics - Road User Cost Division
 
OP/EC/2.1 - Preparation of the RHD Road User Cost Annual Report
 
Purpose and Scope :

This procedure describes the process for preparing the RHD Road User Cost Annual Report, which provides a standard set of unit costs to be used in the economic analysis of projects and road management systems.
 
Definitions :

Road User Costs (RUC) - are the costs borne by the people through the use of the road network.

The basic output of the analysis is in terms of:

Unit operating cost (financial and economic) per kilometre for different types of vehicles (according to various components) both motorised and non-motorised - Vehicle Operating Cost

Travelling time value per hour for passengers - Travel Time Cost

Unit casualty costs borne by the economy through a road accident - Accident Cost

Vehicle Operating Cost (VOC) - the physical cost of operating a vehicle such as fuels, spare parts, depreciation, crew costs, etc.

Travel Time Cost (TTC) - the value of time spent in travelling that could be used in other activities.

Accident Cost (ACC) - the physical cost of an accident and the value of injuries and fatalities.
 
Responsibility :

Chief Engineer - signs off forward in the final version of the RHD Road User Cost Report.

Chief Transport Economist (CTE)- Economics Circle - reviews, finalises and distributes the RHD Road User Cost Report.

Executive Transport Economist (ETE) Road User Cost Division - designs and plans the field surveys, analyses the data collected in the surveys and from secondary sources, and prepares the draft RHD Road User Cost Report.

Assistant Transport Economist Road User Cost Division - conducts and monitors field surveys and collects necessary information from other agencies.

Executive Engineer - Database Division - HDM Circle - liases with the Economics Circle.
 
Method :

4.1 QUESTIONNAIRES PREPARED

The Executive Transport Economist - Road User Costs Division (ETE-RUCD), consults with the CTE and designs the questionnaires for the necessary surveys.

4.2 HIRING AND TRAINING OF SURVEY PERSONNEL

The Assistant/Sub-assistant Transport Economist hires the survey personnel and trains the survey team. They arrange the collection of the data from the interviews of passengers, vehicles owners/operators etc., and submit all data to the ETE-RUCD for verification.

4.3 VEHICLE OPERATING COSTS (VOC)

The vehicle operator surveys are conducted in the divisions and districts by the survey team under the supervision of the ETE-RUCD. Information on vehicle, tyre and fuel prices are collected from the different agencies by the Assistant Transport Economist.

4.4 TRAVEL TIME COSTS (TTC)

Necessary information such as income and trip purpose is obtained through interviews of travelling passengers by the survey team under the supervision of the ETE-RUCD. The type of commodity carried, price, durability etc is obtained through interviews of drivers of freight traffic moving on the main and feeder roads in the different regions of country.

4.5 ACCIDENT COSTS (ACC)

Accident data including the number of accidents according to severity, average age, rural/urban accident ratio, is collected from secondary sources by the ETE-RUCD. Data on those costs borne by the economy due to the occurrence of an accident, such as income data, medical costs etc. are collected through interviews by the survey team under the supervision of the ETE-RUCD.

4.6 ANALYSIS AND PROCESSING OF DATA

The Assistant/Sub-assistant Transport Economists submit all survey data collected to the ETE-RUCD, for review and sample verification. The ETE-RUCD, gathers all of the data together, including information from agencies such as BRTA, BPC, NBR, NAVANA etc.

The data is analysed with the use of spreadsheets, to produce unit values, for example, taka per hour spent in travelling by passengers and freight according to type of vehicles. The ETE-RUCD consults the CTE-Economics Circle, to establish unit values in relation to HDM parameters, such as road roughness.

The RUC results are reviewed by the Chief Transport Economist (CTE) and passed to the Superintending Engineer HDM Circle as well as other concerned offices.

4.7 HDM MODEL RUN

The Economics Circle process the data using HDM Model and send a draft report to the Chief Transport Economist (CTE) to scrutinise. When the VOC results are approved by the CTE they are sent to the ETE-RUCD for final checking.

4.8 ROAD USERS COST REPORT DISTRIBUTION

The ETE-RUCD prepares the final draft of the RHD Road User Cost Report and submits it to the CTE for final review and forwarded to the Chief Engineer. When the report is finally approved, it is distributed by the CTE according to the agreed circulation list.
 
References :

RHD Road User Cost Annual Report - published by the Economics Circle

HDM-4 Manual published by TRL

Statistical Yearbook of Bangladesh - published by the Bangladesh Bureau of Statistics

World Bank Technical Paper 234 Vehicle Operating Costs
 
Procedure Flowchart :

The procedure flowchart for this procedure is detailed below -
 


 


 

 

For duties associated with each grade of personnel see

 

Updated on : 1/12/2003

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