“Based on our findings, South Africans lose about 90 working hours a year sitting in traffic,” said TomTom SA marketing manager, Carey Dodd.
“That means that an average 30 minute commute will take 29 per cent longer than it should.”
TomTom recently released its annual Traffic Index, which highlights the impact of traffic congestion in over 200 cities around the world.
According to the index, which is based on data over 2014, the global trend revealed that evening rush hour is the most congested time of day.
In South Africa, however, all major cities statistics showcase the morning commute as the most congested for the big cities, with Monday morning being the worst.
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Globally ranked at 55, Cape Town remains the most congested city with morning commutes adding up to 72 per cent to commuting time.
Johannesburg, listed at 77 globally, sees morning travel adding up to 59 per cent to commuting time.
“Our research reveals that globally, coastal cities are more congested hindering access into these city centres,” Dodd indicated.
The index showed that Pretoria has overtaken East London as the third most congested city in South Africa, with an overall congestion level of 24 per cent.
Furthermore, congestion levels on non-highways were still remarkably higher than on highways, resulting in commuters spending up to 11 days per year sitting in traffic.
In light of this, Dodd stated that it is TomTom’s mission to reduce traffic congestion for everyone.
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“Road authorities and local governments can use TomTom’s traffic data to better understand traffic flow during rush hour. TomTom strongly believes that everyone can make smarter travel decisions and save travel time,” she said.
“We should not expect government authorities to simply build a way out of traffic congestion. Research has shown that building new infrastructure is not a complete or sustainable solution to traffic congestion.”
East London, Durban and Bloemfontein are ranked as the fourth, fifth and sixth most congested cities in South Africa respectively.