Over 50 participants joined paratransit experts and MobiliseYourCity partners at MobiliseYourCity Side Event at the 2nd UN Sustainable Transport Conference to formulate recommendations for decision-makers to reform paratransit to ensure a fair transition towards low-carbon urban transport in the Global South.
The discussion brought together Dario Hidalgo, Executive Director of Fundación Visión Cero, Benjamin de la Peña, CEO of the Global Partnership for Informal Transportation and Anne Patricia Mariano, Mobility Advisor at Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit.
The speakers discussed why paratransit is essential for sustainability, outlining its many benefits as a source of jobs and accessible transportation to many segments of society. They argued in favour of the coexistence of informal and formal services, which can each play a pivotal and complementary role if well integrated. They also underlined the limitations of paratransit as a major cause of health and environment damaging pollution, as a source of congestion and traffic accidents, and as a sector providing very poor working conditions.
Despite reaching a consensus on the need to reform the sector, the speakers debated the approaches and measures to facilitate the integration of paratransit so that formal and informal services can complement one another.
The discussion led to the formulation of the following recommendations: