Tuesday, 6 February 2018

UK Motorists spend an average of 31 hours a year stuck in traffic

UK Motorists spend an average of 31 hours a year stuck in traffic

The UK has recently been ranked the 10th worst country for congestion on our roads during peak hours in the world, the third most congested in Europe according to analysts Inrix.

The data reported that drivers spend on average 31 hours of their lives a year stuck in traffic during peak hours, costing the UK billions of pounds with the direct and indirect costs amounting to more than £37.7 billion in 2017, an average of £1,168 per driver.

The direct costs associated relate to the value of fuel and loss of time, whereas indirect costs are associated to logistical and business fees from company vehicles idling in traffic which are passed on to household bills through higher prices.

The Inrix 2017 Global Traffic Scorecard measured congestion in 111 cities and towns across the UK with London remaining the UK's most congested city (major) for the 10th year running, ranking second overall in Europe behind Moscow and seventh overall in the world.

Other cities in the UK such as Manchester, Birmingham, Luton and Edinburgh accounted for the five most congested major cities in the UK.

The average time drivers spent in congestion in London during peak hours was 74 hours, costing the driver on average £2,430 a year and the capital as whole £9.5 billion. In Manchester drivers spend on average 39 hours stuck in traffic during peak hours in turn costing the driver £1,403 and the city £345 million and in Birmingham drivers spent over 9% of their total driving time in congestion costing the city £632 million a year.