Mumbai is considered as one of the most traffic congested cities across the globe, while Delhi is close behind at the 4th position, reveals an audit of traffic congestion in 403 cities across six continents.

Traffic Index-2018’ was assembled by leading individual location technology specialist TomTom, claims that Mumbai secured the topmost position for the second successive year with evaluated spending an average of 65 percent extra travel time stuck in traffic.

As per the report, after Mumbai, the second position is secured by Bogota, Colombia’s capital city with 63 percent, then Peru’s Lime with 58 percent, India’s capital city New Delhi with 58 percent, and Russian capital city Moscow with 56 percent, makes the top five most congested cities across the world.

With Moscow takes a lead in Europe, Istanbul became second with 53 percent, the Bucharest with 48 percent, Saint Petersburg with 47 percent amd Kiev with 46 percent makes the top five in Europe.

Brussels with 37 percent, London with 37 percent, and Paris with 36 percent ranked at 11th, 12th, and 13th respectively.

Among the North American cities, the top five most congested cities are- Mexico with 52 percent, Los Angeles with 41 percent, Vancouver with 38 percent, New York with 36 percent, and San Francisco with 34 percent.  

According to the report, traffic congestion has globally increased in the last decades and around 75 percent of the cities Tom Tom included in the new ‘Traffic Index Report’ had increased congestion level between 2017 and 2018, and only 90 cities showing measurable decreases.

Decrease rate were evaluated in Asia with a large fall in congestion (-8 percent) in Jakarta, while every city in South America posted increases, the largest 8 percent takes place in Peru’s Lima.

Vice President of TomTom Traffic Information, Ralf-Peter Schaefer said that “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.”

Mr. Schaefer has been collecting information about traffic and offering traffic services for a decade, allow drivers to make smart choices in planning route and avoid congestion.

“The location technology specialist’s work on the future of driving – from high definition maps for autonomous vehicles, to efficient electric vehicle routing and charging – means that car makers, technology companies, road authorities and governments already have the tools to make the roads less congested,” added Ralf-Peter Schaefer.

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