Metro Manila: Worst Traffic on Earth

“Metro Manila: Worst Traffic on Earth”  according  to the results of the first Global Driver Satisfaction Index developed by traffic and navigation application Waze.metro manila, worst traffic on earth

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The survey results, released on Sept. 29, is based on the driving experiences of Waze’s 50 million users in 32 countries and 167 urban areas.

Metro Manila has been reported to have the worst traffic on Earth on a city level, closely followed by Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo in Brazil, and Jakarta in Indonesia.

The roads of the Philippines have also been reported to be one of the worst to drive on because of the frequency and severity of traffic jams, poor road infrastructures, among other reasons.

Latin American countries, including El Salvador and Guatemala, are also among the lowest on the list.

The Waze evaluation used a grading system that ranged from a 10 (satisfying) to one (miserable). The Philippines got 0.4, followed by Guatemala and Venezuela, El Salvador, Ecuador and Colombia, as well as Indonesia, Romania, Costa Rica and Panama. I’ve ridden in Metro Manila. It’s an absolute nightmare!

On the other hand, Netherlands, Slovakia, Sweden, and Czech Republic reported an easy and satisfying driving experience, as well as the United States and France, which are aided by smaller cities with appropriate infrastructure that is easy to navigate.

The average commuting time in Manila has been estimated at 45.5 minutes, making it the longest commute time in most major cities all over the world.

As a country, the Philippines also scored low in the Road Quality Index and the Socio-Economic Index which is based on the access to cars and impact of gas prices.

Meanwhile, the Safety Index by Waze reported that the Philippines has the safest roads based on number of accidents, road hazards and weather. The Philippines scored 9.3, preceded only by Costa Rica, Netherlands, and Argentina.

Safest? Really? How many of these drivers commute on our tiny island province of Guimaras or Iloilo City on nearby Panay Island? We have ongoing construction that has lasted for three months. We have one section of road which only has one lane and is so narrow that two large vehicles, like a pick-up truck or jeepney, cannot get through at the same time.

One of the vehicles has to back up about 150-200 meters and try to maneuver out of the way. We have potholes near us that could devour a carabao.

On top of that, the jeepney and tricycle operators on Guimaras routinely stop in the middle of the road to load and unload passengers without warning. The majority of motorcyclists do not wear helmets, as required by law, and my sources tell me that the local Land Transportation Office, LTO, has not done any checkpoints in almost a year, due to threats from some locals.

The country also got the highest rank on the Drivers Services Index based on access to gas stations and easy parking.

We do, however, have plenty of gas stations, even on our tiny island province of Guimaras. And guess what? Those facilities are all full-service. 

My asawa, who has been doing more of the driving lately, pulled up to our local Sea Oil outlet and the lady attendant was amazed to see my wife driving. 99.99% percent of the jeepney and tricycle drivers on our mango province are women. There are some women that do drive private vehicles but they are in the minority.

What to know about “combat-style” driving in Manila? Check out this story from Iraqi-war veteran Scott H.

(Source: Yahoo! News, Philippine Star)

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