Investigation: traffic jams cost every commuter 365 euros a year

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Traffic jams cost every commuter 365 euros a year

Investigation: traffic jams cost every commuter 365 euros a year-investigation

There is a high risk of traffic jams on the Munich-Stuttgart motorway. The A8 repeatedly proves to be a bottleneck, especially for tourist traffic. Economically, the damage goes yesinto the billions

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For the first time, an analyst has seriously assessed how high the economic damage caused by daily traffic blackouts is. The risk of congestion and thus the damage is greatest in Stuttgart.

D.German drivers were stuck in traffic jams for an average of 36 hours last year. That costs the domestic economy 7.8 billion and each commuter 365 euros, as Inrix, a provider of traffic information, has now calculated in cooperation with the Center of Economics and Business (Cebr). The costs arise, among other things, from senselessly burned fuel (824 million euros), wasted time (4.8 billion euros) and rising goods costs (2.1 billion euros).

With 59.4 hours per year, drivers in Stuttgart are most often stuck in traffic jams, the costs for this amount to 16.1 euros per vehicle per hour. Behind are Cologne (58.4 hours), Hamburg (53.7), Dusseldorf (50.8) and the Ruhr area (46.6). In Munich, drivers get off relatively lightly with 40.3 hours. It’s surprisingly easy to drive through Berlin, where the average annual waiting time is 26 hours.

Belgium top in Europe

The most congested European country is Belgium, where drivers are stuck in traffic for an average of 55 hours. The Belgian capital, Brussels, is also at the top of the big cities with 72 hours of traffic jam.

According to the study, more than 824 million euros are wasted in the form of fuel in traffic jams alone. For each of the around 13.2 million German car commuters, this corresponds to an average of 62 euros per year. The average cost of wasted time per commuter is 365 euros per year. Extrapolated for the Federal Republic of Germany, that adds up to 4.8 billion euros.

More efficient traffic flows could strengthen the economy, as traffic jams incur indirect costs of 2.1 billion euros every year. 17 percent of daily commuter traffic are business and freight vehicles, the expenses of which are passed on to German households.

Stuttgart burdened with one billion euros

According to the study, the state capital of Baden-Wurttemberg, Stuttgart, is particularly affected. Here, commuters spend an additional 58 hours a year on the roads, more than anywhere else. Of the aforementioned 7.8 billion euros in direct and indirect costs in Germany, one billion euros are accounted for by households in Stuttgart alone, where 65 percent of the 2.7 million inhabitants of the region drive to work.

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