The staggering cost of being late for work in Leeds

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Bad traffic on the way to work costs the UK economy a whopping £203 million per week, according to a new study.

Motorcycle insurance company Devitt carried out a survey of 2,000 commuters, and made some interesting, if somewhat depressing, discoveries.

A spokesman said: “The first thing we found out was that, on average, employees lose 29.6 minutes of work per week due to bad traffic on their commute. That obviously affects productivity and efficiency, and has a knock-on effect to the economy as a whole.”

Devitt calculated that bad traffic costs the UK economy £203,846,153 per week.

Being late for work can make us feel flustered and immediately puts most of us on the back foot. And Devitt found, on average, it takes 34.2 minutes before we feel calm and in control again after getting in to the office significantly after our usual start time.

But 32.3 per cent of employees try to sneak into work without being noticed if we’re late. However, 43.2 per cent of people would actually report a colleague who continually arrived late for work.

The Great British transport system is notoriously unpredictable. Almost 13 per cent of people have missed a job interview because of bad traffic, which doesn’t make for the best first impression.

Drevitt also found more than a quarter of us experience ‘biker envy’ when motorcyclists cruise past us in traffic jams.

The insurance company has also created a ‘Biker map of Britain’, an interactive infographic that details statistics from bikers from across the UK. Each area has been broken down by postcode to reveal information such as the average insurance motorcycle premiums, breakdown of age and gender, top rider professions alongside top motorbike models by each area.

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Motorcycle insurance company Devitt has produced a ‘Biker map of Britain’.

In Leeds they found 93 per cent of riders were male and seven per cent were female.

The largest age group of motorcyclists were those aged 45 to 54 who accounted for 32 per cent of riders.

Devitt also discovered the top five bikes insured in the city, with the Yamaha YBR-125 leading the way.

While the average motorbike insurance premium in Leeds clocked in at £234.57.

It also found out the top five rider professions. HGV Drivers headed the list followed by students, warehousemen, engineers and managers.