A women carrying a sack on her head. Image credit zimnewsblog.com

A women carrying a sack on her head. Image credit zimnewsblog.com

ZIMSEC O Level Geography Notes: Transport: Human Beings/Porters

  • Using human beings or porters for transport has the following advantages and disadvantages:

Advantages

  • It is cheap especially where small quantities of goods are involved.
  • It is easy as there are no special requirements or laws.
  • It is readily available.
  • It is versatile i.e. humans can carry a variety of goods without the need for adaptations
  • Does not require special transport networks e.g. a railway line as they can just use tracks.
  • Can be used to reach remote areas and areas that are hard to access using other means of transport e.g. mountainous regions.

Disadvantages

  • There is a limit to the quantity of goods that a human being can carry.
  • Humans tire easily.
  • It is a slow form of transport.
  • Needs constant rest.
  • Can cheat or steal.

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