The ownership of cars should be restricted to one per family in order to reduce traffic congestion and pollution. To what extent do you agree or disagree?
If only the naked eye could see the predicament of the ozone layer every time someone looks up at the sky, we would know exactly how well does the atmosphere hide its anguish. Nowadays, factory smog, CFCs, road pollution and similar terms are known to every household. That clearly indicates how big of a blow are humans to the survival of our beautiful blue planet. Traffic congestion is not only visible in detailed studies and rooted analysis of emission norms, it is a reality clearly evident on almost every highway of the planet.
Human beings are problem solvers. Traffic congestion and the pollution associated with it is a problem. So, what is the solution? Well, it’s quite simple. Reduce the number of cars on the road. A manageable way of bringing out this solution to life is by limiting the ownership of cars to one per family.
The impact of the above solution can be enormous. As a matter of fact, Europe loses 1% of its Gross Domestic Product at the hands of congestion. On an average, a person in the US is deprived of 7.5 billion hours because of traffic jams. The world does not need any more cars on the road. Furthermore, such a change would benefit public transport as well and encourage efficient lifestyle habits like carpooling.
However, there are some households that genuinely need more than 1 car. Consider the situation of my neighbors. They have their offices on completely opposite sides of the town and public transport does not come to their rescue as a bus to one of the offices takes about an hour to reach the destination. However, Mr. Woods needs to reach his workplace in 40 minutes.
In a nutshell, limiting the number of cars per family to one is not the ultimate solution to the problem of traffic congestion and pollution. However, it is something that definitely needs to be implemented in cases where it is plausible.