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 this statement is? What measures can government take to discourage people from using their cars?
Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.
Write at least 250 words.
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It is argued that a substantial increase in the number of car owners over the past three decades have made many urban centres to bottleneck congestion. Although other major reasons are there, this is a key issue, and not many governments can reverse the trend in near future.
To begin, one has to understand there are a range of reasons for traffic congestion in cities like improper traffic systems, lax punishments for offences, poor public transportation and narrow roads. It is also a fact that an increase in car ownership as one of the crucial reasons in the list. This is because the popularity of automobiles in cities has become much higher than any other vehicle in the recent decades. People started considering their cars as symbols of pride, comfort and convenience. In such a situation, an abrupt hike in the sales of cars is definitely alarming.
Having seen the popularity of cars over other vehicles, it is hard to suggest a feasible way to discourage people from using cars. Governments have already taken multiple steps to tackle the issue like hiking tax, insurance, cost of fuel and have encouraged people to use the public transport system and to avail carpooling systems. These have not yet made a significant impact in addressing the crisis, however strong and determined actions from the respective states can make it a reality in distant future.
To conclude, it is to be understood that the recent unparalleled increase in the number of cars is not just a factor which causes traffic congestion in cities. Unlike other effective measures to tackle traffic jam, discouraging the use of cars is not easily practical; however it can be made possible in some time in future.
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