Nico McLachlan is a leading public transport and paratransit reform specialist with 30 -years’ experience working in Africa. Nico was instrumental in establishing the paratransit – based BRT systems in Johannesburg and Cape Town and has worked on urban mobility improvement projects in Nairobi, Mombasa, Accra, Cape Town, Windhoek, Polokwane, Johannesburg, Kampala and Kigali.
Over the period 2017 to 2019 he designed and implemented the highly successful Minibus Taxi operations improvement program in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town and in 2020 he established the Paratransit Consultative Forum in Kampala (Uganda) which has resulted in the formation of the Ugandan Taxi Operators Federation (UTOF).
Nico serves on the Advisory Board of the University of Cape Town Centre for Transport Studies and is a contributing author to the book Paratransit in African Cities – Operations, Regulation & Reform edited by Roger Behrens, David Mfinanga & Dorothy McCormick. In June 2021 he delivered the keynote address at the Southern African Transport Conference entitled’’ The paratransit sector as a partner in change’’. He is the editor of the ODA blog known for providing insight into learnings from paratransit reform projects in Sub – Saharan African cities.