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People In Kuala Lumpur Waste 25 Minutes Of Their Lives Everyday Looking For Parking

We spend a lot of time on the road.

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It requires a great deal of patience to drive in Kuala Lumpur

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Drivers are often forced to endure being caught in traffic jams or spend time searching for parking spots, especially in busy areas like Bukit Bintang. 

Out of desperation, drivers resort to double parking, which has evolved to triple parking for some. 

But just how much time do drivers in KL waste just looking for a parking spot?

According to a recent study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) titled 'Unlocking Cities', drivers in Kuala Lumpur spend an average of 25 minutes daily in search of parking spots. That adds up to 6.3 days a year. 

While Kuala Lumpur is on par with Hong Kong at the third position, The Straits Times noted that drivers in Singapore spend 19 minutes while Hanoi drivers spend 45 minutes daily to search for parking spots. 

Aside from the search for parking spots, Kuala Lumpur drivers spend approximately 53 minutes being stuck in traffic on a daily basis, which is equivalent to 13.4 days a year

Bangkok took the top spot as its notorious traffic congestions clock in at an average of 72 minutes. 

Singapore came in last at 30 minutes, partly due to its efficient public transport systems which play a role in reducing traffic build-up.

The study, which was commissioned by Uber, analysed how ride-hailing services could help reduce traffic woes of cities in the South East Asia region

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The study also revealed that there are more than 5.8 million cars in Kuala Lumpur, but the city only needs 60% of the cars currently on the road to get the same amount of people to where they are going.

You can view the full report here

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