Study: Congestion continuing to increase on Israel's crowded roads

During the same 18-year period, the average distance traveled by vehicles on Israel's roads decreased by 14.5%.

September 17, 2019 04:35
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Study: Congestion continuing to increase on Israel's crowded roads

Cars drive on a highway as a train enters a station in Tel Aviv, Israel. (photo credit: REUTERS)

Congestion on Israel’s roads is continuing to worsen as infrastructure fails to keep pace with rising car travel, new data published on Monday revealed.

The number of private cars on Israel’s roads grew by 91% and distances traveled increased by 68% between 2000 and 2018, according to the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS). In contrast, road area increased by only 48% and road length by 20% during the same 18-year period.

During the same period, the average distance traveled by vehicles on Israel’s roads decreased by 14.5%.

In 2018, motor vehicles traveled approximately 61.2 billion km. across Israel, a 2.7% increase compared to 2017. The rising figure is attributed to a 3.9% increase in active vehicles on Israel’s roads in 2018, but also a 1.2% decrease in average distance compared to the previous year.

Average distance covered by most types of vehicles has decreased in recent years. In 2018, the average private vehicle was driven 16,100 km., a 0.3% drop from 16,400 km. in 2013. The largest decrease was recorded among taxis, which saw average distance decline by 5.5% from 78,200 km. in 2013 to 72,700 km. in 2018. Average distances traveled by trucks increased from 26,800 km. in 2013 to 27,000 km. in 2018.
The data also showed that newer vehicles travel greater distances on average than older vehicles.

Private vehicles manufactured up to three years ago traveled an average of 20,600 km. in 2018, compared to 16,100 km. among cars produced four to six years ago. Average annual travel continually decreases with age, with private vehicles over 30 years old traveling just 4,000 km. per year.

Diesel and gas-powered private cars also covered longer distances in 2018 than gasoline-powered vehicles. Diesel-powered cars traveled an average of 25,900 km., compared to 21,100 km. among gas-powered vehicles and only 15,600 km. by gasoline-powered vehicles.

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