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October 21, 2020
Waze Blamed for Redirecting too Many Vehicles onto Smaller Streets

Waze is ‘Wreaking Havoc’ on Quiet Streets, Residents Say

Waze is being blamed for causing too much through-traffic on quiet streets, as residents in small communities lodge multiple complaints…

Just recently, Google Maps was blamed for sending commercial vehicles through residential neighborhoods as operators looked for ways to avoid tolls. That put them to streets that weren’t big enough or where such commercial traffic is illegal. Now, Waze, a popular crowd-sourcing navigation app, is raising the same ire. But, this time, it’s because users are trying to avoid traffic jams and find faster routes to their destinations.

Waze Blamed for Redirecting too Many Vehicles onto Smaller Streets

One such example is London. Otherwise quiet C roads have experienced a doubling of traffic since 2008. This is due — in no small part — to the increase of private passenger cars in the UK. In 2007, there were 27 million private vehicles. But now, there are 38.3 million. Since the Waze app is programmed to identify the quickest routes and avoid bad traffic conditions, it sends drivers onto streets that weren’t designed to handle such large volumes.

Because Waze does obey local traffic laws, if authorities change restrictions on these types of roads, users wouldn’t see them as options. A company spokesperson for Waze explains:

“Roads and streets weren’t built for the volume of cars that exist today. On average, the number of vehicles on UK roads has increased by 594,000 per year since 2012, and road networks have struggled to keep up with this increase. Waze routes its users through the public roads infrastructure, based on local driving laws and the road signs in the area.”

William Boleys

Will is an experienced freelance writer who covers a wide range of topics, including apps, social media, and search.

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