COMMENT: WAZE RESPONDS TO AWARD-WINNING TRAVEL TAX PLAN
UCL graduate Gergely Raccuja has won a prize for his plan to scrap fuel duty and vehicle excise duty to fund more investment in our roads and give UK drivers a better deal. Finlay Clark, UK Head of Waze, comments:
“We welcome smart initiatives to improve the condition of both our roads and air quality. As it stands, there are clearly too many cars on too few roads. This causes slow moving, stop-start traffic, and increased congestion causing the poor air quality.
“Data from Waze, the real-time, crowd-sourced navigation app reveals that average speeds in London during 2016 decreased by 12% to just 17.4mph. Furthermore, the number of traffic jams that have been reported around the capital was up by 56% last year. Overall, average speeds around the UK are decreasing as more cars take to the already congested road network.
"Whilst investment in the road network are welcomed, there are certain steps that can be taken in the meantime to avoid the worst of the congestion. Motorists can avoid traffic hotspots by considering alternative routes as well as re-planning routes around less busy times and roads.
“Understanding congestion in real-time is key to tackling the problem and Waze are working with city planners to improve the situation. Waze shares live data with over 175 global municipal partners in it’s Connected Citizen Program, including Transport for London and Oxfordshire Country Council in the UK. They are also piloting carpooling in Israel and the US with the aim of helping take cars off the road, which in turn helps lower journey times and improve air quality.”