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Transportation Systems Reliability and Safety




CRC Press, Boca Raton, U.S.A




Balbir Singh. Dhillon




Transportation Systems Reliability and Safety


Year of Publication














Krishna B. Misra




Review published in IJPE, Vol. 7, No. 4, July 2011, p. 348.

The book consists of the following 11 chapters followed by Authors’ Preface:



03 Pages

Chapter 1


12 Pages

Chapter 2

Reliability and Safety Mathematics

16 Pages

Chapter 3

Reliability and Safety Basics

26 Pages

Chapter 4

Methods for Performing Transportation System Reliability and Safety Analysis

18 Pages

Chapter 5

Transportation System Failures

13 Pages

Chapter 6

Transportation System Reliability Modelling

33 Pages

Chapter 7

Rail Safety

14 Pages

Chapter 8

Truck and Bus Safety

12 Pages

Chapter 9

Airline and Ship Safety

14 Pages

Chapter 10

Human Error in Rail and Road Transportation Systems

12 Pages

Chapter 11

Human Error in Aviation and Sea Transportation Systems

13 Pages

Bibliography: Literature on Reliability and Safety of Transportation Systems

24 Pages


08 Pages




As the transportation of man and material becomes faster and faster and a key factor in the progress and prosperity of a nation, the fatalities and financial losses also becomes equally important to reckon with. For example, according to the World Health Organization there are about 1.2 million people killed in traffic accidents Transportation Systems Reliability and Safety  - 9781439846407every year, while 10 million are injured, costing an estimated $520 billion in loss. China being the most populous country of the world, a WHO study estimates that nearly 45,000 people are injured and 680 killed on China's roads each day!  The next populous country, India accounts for 406,730 accidents each year with 86,000 people killed according to India’s Department of Road Transport and Highway. There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 billion dollars. 2.9 million People were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States -- one death every 13 minutes. The picture is equally bad for air and marine accidents. According to Geneva based Aircraft Crashes Record office (ACRO), in 2010, there were 130 air accidents, resulting in 1115 deaths.  

Therefore, undoubtedly, the subject of safety and reliability of transportation systems become an immensely important subject to deal with.

Professor Dhillon, who has the reputation of writing at least 37 books on various specialized topics connected with the subject of quality, reliability, maintenance, engineering management and safety is not an exception not to deal with such an important topic. The book is full of statistics on road, air and marine accidents borrowed from various sources which makes this useful for an interested person to know about. The category of accidents and their reasons are well-documented in the sources and history of these accidents. Human factor has been identified as one of the major causes of transportation accidents. Therefore, it finds due mention in this book. A bibliography of 24 pages listing 408 papers, reports etc. makes a good resource material.  The basics of reliability and safety are naturally discussed for the benefit of a beginner to safety and reliability. The book, as the publisher claims, does not require any background to understand these basics of reliability and safety which is the specialty of most of the books written by Professor Dhillon on these specialized topics.  The book will be found useful for a student who is interested in pursuing the subject as a beginner.

- Krishna B. Misra


Review published in the International Journal of Performability Engineering, Vol. 7, No. 4, July 2011, p. 348.

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