Presenting a European traffic jam ‘score card’: How much time do you waste at the wheel? US company INRIX has used its technology on six EU countries.
It looked at clogged roads and frustrated drivers in France, the UK, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
It found the worst place to be on Belgium’s roads is Monday rush hour in Brussels, but it said the Dutch city of Utrecht clocks in at 75 wasted traffic hours per year, followed closely by Manchester, then Paris and Dutch bottleneck Arnhem. Europe’s ‘capital’, Brussels, adds 65 hours’ per year of crawling time to the daily commute, versus London’s 54 or Berlin’s 35.
If you divide Utrecht’s total by the usual number of weekdays in the year, it works out to less than 20 minutes of extra standing still per day. Does that sound like you?
Noting the impact on the economy and the environment, euronews correspondent Sergio Cantone said: “In the core of the EU institutional quarter, Brussels, Rue de la Loi, you can be blocked for hours.”