Fewer traffic jams in Netherlands due to crisis

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Economic crisis and drier weather has caused traffic jams in March to fall by 33 percent, reports the National Traffic Information Service.

THE NETHERLANDS – The number of traffic jams in March has fallen by 33 percent as compared to the same period last year, reports the National Traffic Information Service.

According to the report, the fall in traffic jam is attributed to two reasons: the economic crisis and drier weather.

Since October 2008, traffic has been falling – a trend that the National Traffic Information Service described as spectacular and unprecedented since Dutch traffic congestion statistics began in 2002. On an average, figures for January, February and March drop by 18 percent.

The unit used in the statistics is traffic jam pressure, which is calculated by multiplying the length and the duration for every individual traffic jam.
Radio Netherlands / Expatica

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