Fleet maintenance management problems in developing countries: case study of PEHCO

dc.contributor.authorMagesa, Bairi Charles
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dc.description.abstractOne of the most important aspects of economic development in any country, yet the common neglected in most developing countries, Tanzania inclusive, is the establishment of an effective maintenance management for road construction and maintenance equipments. This is clearly evidenced by the absence of accurate or proper equipment records on maintenance schedules, work orders, equipment availability and utilization, equipment, ownership costs, maintenance budget and also the lack of other essential elements of an effective maintenance management system such as maintenance cost control measures, equipment replacement policies, equipment maintenance policy, etc. The Government of the Republic of Tanzania, through its Ministry responsible for roads, has in various periods endeavoured in establishing an effective equipment maintenance management system over its road equipment but with no recommendable achievement. Recently, under Integrated Road Project [IRP], which is a World Bank funded project, it decided to establish road equipment hiring company [PEHCOL]. This company shall own, maintain and hire out all road equipment which formerly were under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Works. The specific objectives of this research has been to identify appropriate maintenance management policies suitable for a developing country like Tanzania, and also earmark those activities which would help PEHCOL achieve its intended objectives: Provision of suitable, serviceable and reliable equipment for road maintenance and construction activities. A survey of various organizations owning road equipment in Tanzania was made, data on equipment maintenance management, maintenance manpower requirements, equipment replacement policies, workshop management and management of maintenance materials and spares were collected and analyzed. From the data analysis it was concluded that the major causes of equipment maintenance management in Tanzania are lack of spare parts, financial constraints, poor technical documentation, poor recording and keeping of maintenance records, ineffective maintenance cost control and presence of unqualified maintenance personnel. From the research study it was concluded that operating and maintaining road equipment in Tanzania is very difficult task especially when it is 100% locally owned. It was also concluded that for PEHCOL to achieve its intended objectives mentioned above, it must strategically organize and closely supervise four major activities: Equipment rehabilitation, equipment monitoring and performance reporting, equipment maintenance and training of maintenance staff. Finally, various recommendations are given for PEHCOL, which, if adopted will enhance in organizing and supervising four major activities mentioned above, and ultimately improve equipment management, availability, and utilizationen_US
dc.identifier.citationMagesa, B. C. (1995) Fleet maintenance management problems in developing countries: case study of PEHCO, Masters’ dissertation, University of Dar es Salaam. Available at (
dc.publisherUniversity of Dar es Salaamen_US
dc.subjectMaintanance and repairen_US
dc.subjectRoad machineryen_US
dc.titleFleet maintenance management problems in developing countries: case study of PEHCOen_US