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2017-10-25 09:28

BAD SPOTS: Traffic congestion in Cape Town. Image: Duncan Alfreds, News24

Cape Town - According to an annual global traffic index produced by satnav specialist TomTom, Cape Town surpassed Johannesburg as the most congested city in South Africa in 2013. It's hung out onto the infamous title ever since. 

As bleak as congestion is in SA it's a lot worse in many places around the world.

The cool guys at RegTransfers UK, using data from Inrix Global Traffic Scorecard, created an interactive map of the world’s most congested cities. 

The report looks at average hours spent in congestion for 1064 cities in 38 countries, as well as the percentage of time spent in traffic.

SA makes the list

Cape Town comes in at #28 in the world with 49.1 hours spent in congested traffic each year, while Johannesburg ranks in at #33 with 46.8 hours spend in traffic per year.


What do you think of the traffic in your city? What do you think can be done to alleviate congestion in SA? Email us

These are the top 10 most congested cities on the planet:

1  Los Angeles - 104.1 hours spent in congestion per year 
2  Moscow - 91.4 hours spent in congestion per year
3  New York - 89.4 hours spent in congestion per year 
4  San Francisco - 82.6 hours spent in congestion per year
5  Bogota - 79.8 hours spent in congestion per year
6  Sao Paulo - 77.2 hours spent in congestion per year
7  London - 73.4 hours spent in congestion per year
8  Atlanta- 70.8 hours spent in congestion per year 
9  Paris - 65.3 hours spent in congestion per year 
10  Miami -  64.8 hours spent in congestion per year

Los Angeles tops the list as the world’s most gridlocked city, with drivers spending 104 hours in congestion in 2016 during peak time periods; that’s just over 4 days spent entirely in traffic jams. LA is followed closely by Moscow (91 hours), New York (89 hours), San Francisco (83 hours) and Bogota (80 hours).

The US accounts for 11 of the top 25 cities worldwide with the worst traffic congestion.

Check out the interactive map below:


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