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Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems.

Updated: Jul 23, 2021

Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems.

  1. To what extent do you agree or disagree?

  2. What other measures do you think might be effective?

By Thay Gia 3 Feb 2021

A recent controversy has claimed that the most effective way to eradicate/lessen the high capacity of traffic and extreme pollution is to boost the petrol price. While this may sound to be solving the problem at first, I would argue that in the long run, it causes unimaginably complicated issues. Therefore, I wholly disagree with this idea and believe that other better alternatives are more worthy considerations. 67 words

There are various rationales why I believe a rise in petrol price is not an advisable idea to perform. First, the poor and the less privileged who commute to work daily by their private means would have to fight harder to make ends meet. As most vehicles are fueled by gas, a price increase would also mean an increase in everything’s price, especially consumer goods. Hence, the country and its people would be more and more impoverished. Secondly, the unemployment rate would escalate considerably, which might trigger more severe problems at the national level, because people may quit their far-away jobs to save the gas expenses. Unquestionably, a gas price hike would never seem to be the feasible solution to the puzzle of traffic trams and air pollution. 128 words

Therefore, to lessen the seriousness of the ongoing problem, I highly recommend that the government improve or invest in its current public transportation system-wide and far across the country. Undoubtedly, with such an extensive network of public transport, people would save more considerably when they use a means of public transport, and the environment would not suffer from exhaust fumes. Melbourne is a great example in this case with its extensive tram network expanded all over the place, which makes life enjoyable and convenient for its citizens. Secondly, the government should impose more taxes on buying and selling private vehicles to improve people’s awareness of using public transport, thus limit the number of drivers and reduce usual traffic congestions. With those proposals, I believe a cleaner living environment and more pleasant commuting will soon be fully regarded by all. 139 words

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In conclusion, I entirely disapprove of the idea that to solve the current problem of traffic congestion and poor air conditions, the governments should increase the gas price. Doing this would end up hurting the economy of the country and its less privileged people critically. Instead, I am confident that my suggested alternatives work better. 55 words




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