Wednesday 16 October 2019

Ralf-Peter Schäfer and Thomas Edelmann

Dubai, Abu Dhabi rank well for traffic congestion

DUBAI, June 17, 2019

While Abu Dhabi ranks 396 with a congestion level of 11 per cent extra travel time stuck in traffic (unchanged vs. 2017), Dubai ranks 202 with a congestion level of 23 per cent (-4 per cent vs 2017) in a global survey detailing the traffic situation in 403 cities in 56 countries.

Mumbai, India takes the top spot this year with drivers in the Indian city expecting to spend an average of 65 per cent extra travel time stuck in traffic, in the report titled “TomTom Traffic Index” released by TomTom, a corporate social responsibility (CSR) partner of RoadSafetyUAE.

Next in the global rankings are Colombian capital, Bogota (63 per cent), Lima in Peru (58 per cent), New Delhi in India (58 per cent) and Russian Capital, Moscow (56 per cent), making up the top five most congested cities in the world.

Traffic congestion has increased globally during the last decade, and nearly 75 per cent of the cities TomTom includes in the new Traffic Index report had increased or stable congestion levels between 2017 and 2018, with only 90 cities showing measurable decreases.

Ralf-Peter Schäfer, TomTom’s VP of Traffic information, said: “Globally, traffic congestion is rising. And that’s both good, and bad, news. It’s good because it indicates a strong global economy, but the flip side is drivers wasting time sitting in traffic, not to mention the huge environmental impact.”

“At TomTom, we’re working towards a future where vehicles are electric, shared and autonomous so that our future really is free of congestion and emissions. We have the technology to make this future happen – but it takes a collaborative effort. From road authorities, to governments; car makers to car drivers, we all have a part to play,” he added.

Thomas Edelmann, managing director of RoadSafetyUAE said: “In order to further improve road safety in the UAE we need a better understanding via better data. TomTom sets a great example by including the 2 main UAE cities in their global survey.”

“Traffic congestion is of key importance for road safety, because when motorists get caught in congestions, we see a lot of impolite and dangerous behaviour. From our own studies we observe, that UAE’s motorists give a lot of credit to the UAE authorities for continuously improving the road infrastructure.

“Traffic congestion adds costs to economies via lost working hours, it adds inconvenience to drivers via extra travel time and it should be avoided from a road safety perspective. It is great to see the 2 main UAE cities to fare pretty well on a global level,” he added.

Details for Abu Dhabi:

Congestion level highways: 4 per cent extra travel time stuck in traffic and non-highways: 14 per cent.
Congestion level morning travel peak: 19 per cent and evening travel peak: 18 per cent

Details for Dubai:

Congestion level highways: 18 per cent and non-highways: 28 per cent.
Congestion level morning travel peak: 34 per cent and evening travel peak: 48 per cent. – TradeArabia News Service


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