Klang Valley residents spend over 500 hours yearly in traffic, incurring costs exceeding RM3,696. A study by an international digital mapping firm and local experts attributes this to the area’s rapid urbanisation, uneven development, and high population density.
Traffic volume in Kuala Lumpur
Dr. Ahmad Nazrul Hakimi Ibrahim of Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia notes that over three million vehicles enter and exit Kuala Lumpur daily, causing congestion. The country’s reliance on private vehicles, with 80% preferring them over public transport, exacerbates the problem.
Annual car ownership rates are high, with 1.76 million new vehicles added between 2020 and 2022. Additionally, ‘bottleneck’ issues caused by construction activities and high accident rates contribute to traffic congestion.
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