You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.
Car ownership has increased so rapidly over the past thirty years that many cities in the world are now ‘one big traffic jam’. How true do you think the statement is? What measures can governments take to discourage people from using their cars?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.
Write at least 250 words.
It is a fact that car companies could increase their sales tremendously in the last three decades, and some believe that this has worsened the issue of traffic in many cities worldwide. I align to the view to a greater extent, and solving this crisis is not so easy for the respective governments.
First and foremost reason why I agree that to the statement is because of the presence of numerous automobiles on the urban roads. The expansion of globalization enabled car companies find market in any part of the world. In many cities, a typical family has at least one car today, and not all the members utilize it the maximum. For example, there are a number of cars running across many cities with a single traveler. Naturally, this creates congestion.
However, one cannot say that this is the sole reason behind the bottleneck congestions in cities. As far as the authorities are not taking steps to ease the traffic by widening the roads and introducing the mass transport like metro rails, congestion would remain in cities.
In the practical sense, it is hardly possible to bring down the sales of cars, as it makes the backbone of the nation’s economy fragile. It is also difficult to persuade people to prefer the public transport system, asking them to sacrifice the comfort and convenience their cars give. Finally, it is not pro-democratic to implement a law which curbs the use of cars.
To conclude, though there are other factors which creates congestion in urban centers, I believe, a hike in the car ownership is seen worsening the situation, and finding a solution for this is not so easy in the current scenario.
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