Nigerians Really Don’t Own Many Cars, Why is there so Much Traffic on Our Roads?

Nigerians Really Don’t Own Many Cars, Why is there so Much Traffic on Our Roads?

Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial capital is notorious for its traffic. Ibadan the ‘largest city in West Africa’ (by landmass) can also have terrible traffic on some of its major roads, the same can be said of Port Harcourt and Abuja. One might be tempted to think that the problem is too many cars on Nigeria’s roads.

However, data from the World Bank that we obtained via the Spectator Index shows that Nigeria is not one of the leading countries when it comes to ownership of cars.

Checking the cars per thousand people statistic globally, we have the list of countries with highest concentration of cars.

Countries with Highest Number of Cars Per Thousand People

1.  United States: 837

2. Australia: 747

3. Italy: 695

4. Canada: 670

5. Japan: 591

6. Germany: 589

7. UK: 579

8. France: 569

9. Malaysia: 433

10. Russia: 373

11. Brazil: 350

12. Mexico: 297

13. Saudi Arabia: 209

14. Turkey: 199

15. Iran: 178

16. South Africa: 174

17. China: 173

18. Indonesia: 87

19. Nigeria: 64

20. India: 22

We see that Nigeria is 19th on the list and wonder how come the other leading 18 countries are not immediately known for terrible traffic in some of their major cities. Perhaps, we can make Los Angeles, California an exception from this list. Even then, the traffic is still better managed.

The most reliable global ranking of worst cities around the world in terms of traffic is done by INRIX Research, a global transportation intelligence company. However, the ranking does not list Nigerian cities. It is probably safe to assume Lagos would be very close to the top of the list if it were assessed by the researchers.

We definitely need to do more in Nigeria to improve on our transportation management and decongest some of our major cities.

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