Traffic creates a big cost for UK business

Commercial drivers find few things more irritating than being stuck in a traffic jam.

Delays caused by traffic congestion can lead to missed appointments, customer complaints, job pressure and general stress for mobile workers.

But, looking at the bigger picture, congestion represents a cost to the UK economy.

In fact, a new study conducted by Webfleet estimates this cost could stand at a whopping £767 million for businesses operating commercial vehicles across the UK’s 25 most congested cities and towns.*

Unsurprisingly, the biggest hit is felt in London, where an approximate £237 million is lost to congestion each year due to the large amount of commercial vehicles operating in the city, followed by Manchester (£157,729,390) and Birmingham (£81,364,800).

However, Belfast is the city where the impact is felt most by the individual drivers, with each wasting an average of 24 working days waiting in traffic. Manchester is second on the list once again (21 days), with Edinburgh third (20 days).

Effectively this means finding ways to minimise the time mobile workers spend on the road through initiatives such as smarter planning, routing and scheduling. For example, telematics technology can use traffic data to inform planning, helping to ensure jobs are carried out in the optimal order and schedules can be adapted to account for the changing situation on the road.

For more information, read the news story accompanying the traffic research.


Beverley Wise
As Webfleet Regional Director UKI for Bridgestone Mobility Solutions, Beverley Wise has more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry, primarily within the leasing sector. She firmly believes that being a decisive leader is key to delivering great success. She likes to innovate with her mantra of "Ask for forgiveness, not permission," helping to move businesses forward. She has a strong work ethic and strives to be the best she can be, which she likes to instil into teams she manages, being fair but firm with a high degree of empathy. Beverley has been with Webfleet overseeing UKI sales for six years, where she has seen several changes. She is passionate about the future of the automotive industry, believing that the transition to electric or alternative-fuelled vehicles is a real game changer.

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