Concerns of growing congestion on our roads
Nearly half of company car drivers are concerned with the growing levels of congestion on UK roads

Nearly half of company car drivers are concerned with the growing levels of congestion on UK roads

Nearly half of company car drivers cited congestion on the roads as one of their top concerns a new report has revealed, as the volume of traffic is reportedly at an all-time high – up 2.2% on the previous year.

The RAC’s Report on Motoring 2017 revealed that 49% of company car drivers selected ‘traffic congestion/ slower journey times’ as a worry, from a list of 23 common concerns.

In all 77% of company car drivers feel that congestion has increased on motorways with 44% of these saying it has ‘increased considerably’.

Looking at possible solutions to the increasing congestion, company car drivers were asked what they feel would improve motorway traffic flow. They responded with the following:

  • 52% of company car drivers chose ‘adding extra lane(s) to existing carriageways’;
  • 47% of company car drivers answered ‘introducing more variable speed limits to control the flow of traffic better’;
  • 42% of company car drivers chose ‘increasing police enforcement of drivers that hog the middle lane’.

RAC Business Services Sales Director Roger Williams, said:

This year’s Report on Motoring, and the mounting concerns around congestion, reflects the changes we’ve seen on our roads over the past couple of years. According to the Department of Transport, motorways carried 67.8 billion vehicle miles during 2016, 10% more than 10 years ago.

The report also revealed other causes that company car drivers feel are to blame for congestion on motorways, such as:

  • 47% of company car drivers answered ‘major roadworks taking place’;
  • 47% of company car drivers answered ‘too many drivers hogging the middle lane’;
  • 30% said ‘too much traffic trying to join the motorway at junctions’.

When asked what other roads they feel traffic has grown on, 67% of company car drivers said urban A-roads – the same number also said high speed dual carriageways – and 50% said rural single carriage A-roads.

Roger Williams continued:

Our road infrastructure is under increasing pressure; the growth in drivers and vehicles has meant we’ve never had so many people on our roads before.  Inevitably, this has led to more congestion, longer journey times and, at times, slower moving traffic. For businesses, this means more time wasted, sitting in traffic. This has a significant impact on the business as a whole – it affects productivity of staff, time away from the office, delayed and longer meetings, and so on. Every time somebody is half an hour late, or misses a meeting because of traffic, it all adds up to lost productivity or opportunity for new business by the end of the year.