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Length and number of traffic jams increased 2015

ADAC calls for reaction of German government

The number and also the length of traffic jams in 2015 year were higher than in comparison to the year before. The ADAC published their traffic jam statistics.

Munich - 580,000 traffic jams were recorded in the year 2015. That is 20 percent more than last year, according to the ADAC. The reported traffic jam length grew by 17 percent and amounted to a total length of approximately 1.1 million kilometres - that is the same length as travelling 28 times around the earth. The year before the traffic jam length was about 960,000 kilometres. The number of traffic jam hours also rose according to the ADAC: the number in 2014 was 285,000 hours and in 2015 341,000 hours. This high increase of traffic jam hours has some reasons: One reason is that the registration of the traffic situations is being more accurate with vehicle fleets-data and another reason is that the kilometres travelled increased , according to the newest data from the BASt (Bundesanstalt für Straßenwesen). Another reason for the high number of traffic jams is the high number of constructions activities on the highways.

The highest number of traffic jams per state in Germany stayed the same in 2015: North Rhine-Westphalia (32 percent), Bavaria (18 percent) and Baden-Württemberg (11 Percent). 61 percent of the traffic jams and 64 percent of the traffic jam kilometres happened in those three states. Six percent of the traffic jams in Germany occurred in the five east states of Germany: Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Brandenburg, Sachsen-Anhalt, Thüringen und Sachsen.

The highway A 3 was with 170 kilometres of traffic jams under the leaders of the traffic jam leaders. The highway A 8 with 155 kilometres and the A 5 with 135 saved themselves the spots behind the A 3. The track section in specific which were heavily loaded were the A 3 between Oberhausen and Cologne, the A 8 between Stuttgart and Karlsruhe and the A 3 between Frankfurt and Wurzburg. The month October was the most driven month of the year with 127,000 kilometres before the month September with 119,000 kilometres and August with 113,000 kilometres. The most driven week day was in average Friday with 4,000 kilometres of jam. The most driven day in the year was the 2. April 2015 with 8.000 kilometres. After the number of traffic jams increased in 2015, the ADAC came to the conclusion that the German government has to react in order to decrease this high number.

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