Traffic jams cost on average 800 euro per head
Traffic jams in developed countries yearly cost society on average 800 euro per head, as was calculated by INRIX, an independent research institute specialized in mobility. In some cities like Munich this can add up to 2.984 euro per person.
The study was based on information from 37 different countries. In the US, Germany and the UK the costs for traffic jams go up to 375 billion euro a year.
Direct and indirect costs
For this study not only the direct costs, like fuel consumption and lost working time for the drivers were taken into account, but also the indirect costs, like the loss of efficiency for companies.
The European city where traffic jams are most expensive is Munich: in Germany’s car producing capital they cost each driver 2.984 euro a year. London is very expensive too: drivers pay 2.730 euro a year. In the US New York is the front-runner. In spite of the well-developed subway system drivers loose 2.425 euro a year by standing still in traffic.