The City of Cape Town plans to incentivise the city’s employers to introduce flexible working hours and working from home to try and reduce traffic, according to EWN.
The strategy will reportedly be presented to the city council for approval before the end of March and, in addition to flexible working hours and compressed work weeks, it will also propose incentives for carpooling, public transport and parking.
This is in an attempt to disrupt high volumes of traffic during regular peak hours and encourage motorists to shift their mode of transport, said Mayco member for transport, Brett Herron.
According to TomTom’s recently released Traffic Index form2017, Cape Town is by far the most congested city for motorists across the country, and is the only South African city to feature in the top 50 most congested cities worldwide.
The report noted that travel times in Cape Town had increased exponentially over the past few years, with commuters needing to add about 27% to their travel times. In the 2016 findings, this has increased to 35%.
The Cape Town local government has confirmed that is aware of its congestion problems, and city mayor Patricia de Lille announced in November 2015 that the Western Cape government would spend R750 million to improve levels of traffic congestion in the city.