Voluntary organisations in the transport market: a study of rural voluntary car schemes

Cassidy, S., 1992. Voluntary organisations in the transport market: a study of rural voluntary car schemes. PhD, Nottingham Trent University.

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The thesis evaluates the current and potential role of voluntary transport organisations in the rural passenger transport market through an in depth intra organisational study of the operation and management of the voluntary car scheme. The rural transport market and Influences upon it are initially reviewed, covering specific policies designed to stimulate the voluntary transport sector. The latter includes an evaluation of Rural Transport Advisers, a post specifically designed to foster innovation in the free transport market. The concept of the voluntary car scheme is then described, together with an analysis of local authority approaches to its support, based upon surveys of Nottinghamshire car schemes, and of local authorities in England respectively. The role of such schemes in the transport market is then evaluated through case studies of three contemporary schemes.

Their current and potential role is found to be influenced by intra organisational concepts of power, control, and situation definition; through these the scheme, to a large part, defines its own potential in the transport market. The influence of these concepts on sustaining resources at the schemes Is also uncovered. The implications of these findings for both the organisations themselves, and policy makers alike are discussed.

The thesis contributes: (i) to the understanding of the potentials of a form of voluntary transport organisation that is of importance in the rural transport market, though is conspicuous by its absence in the transport literature; (ii) to the approaches and methodology used to study transport organisations, utilizing theory building techniques which concentrate upon operation and management vis a vis operational service reviews; (iii) to the debate concerning the role of voluntary transport in a changing transport paradigm through the clarification of the complex intra organisational issues surrounding this form of transport, and a consideration of policy issues aimed at the organisations which provide it.

Item Type: Thesis
Creators: Cassidy, S.
Date: 1992
ISBN: 9781369324495
Rights: This copy of the thesis has been supplied on condition that anyone who consults it is understood to recognise that its copyright rests with its author and that no quotation from the thesis and no information derived from it maybe published without the author’s prior written consent.
Divisions: Schools > School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Jun 2021 13:25
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2023 10:48
URI: https://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/43090

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