Traffic congestions are indication of a few things; one of them being the attestation of the growth of economic activities in a certain area. In this article we will be listing the 5 African countries with the highest traffic congestion in 2023 with the countries’ Traffic Index.

Overpopulation mostly occur in places with numerous economic activities as people tend to move over to such places.

One of the effects of overpopulation is traffic congestion. When a substantial amount of the population can afford cars and are simultaneously weary of public transportation, there tend to be way too many cars on the road at any given time, and this creates bad traffic congestion.

5 African Countries with Highest Traffic Congestion in 2023

Numbeo, a Serbian crowd-sourced global database has listed these 5 countries as countries with the highest traffic congestion in Africa:

  1. Nigeria: Nigeria is the first country in the list with  traffic index of 315.2.
  2. Kenya: the second on the list is Kenya with traffic index of 242.1.
  3. Egypt: the third on the list is Egypt with traffic index of  229.2.
  4. South Africa: the fourth on the list is South Africa with traffic index of 189.9.
  5. Morocco: lastly, Morocco which is the fifth country on the list with traffic index of 137.1.

The Serbian crowd-sourced global database, Numbeo considers this effect the inefficiency index. According to Numbeo, the inefficiency index is an estimation of inefficiencies in traffic. High inefficiencies are usually caused by people driving a car instead of using public transport or long commute times. It can be used as a traffic component measurement in economies of scale.

To come up with its Traffic Index, which Numbeo describes as time consumed in traffic due to job commute, the global database also takes into account other factors such as Time Index, an average one-way time needed to transport, in minutes, Time Exp. Index, an estimation of dissatisfaction due to long commute times, and CO2 Emission Index, an estimation of CO2 consumption due to traffic time.

Other factors that contribute to traffic problems are poor road networks, sub-par infrastructure, bad driving habits, the presence of construction activities, and more.


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