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

Updated: Mar 24

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 price of petrol. While this may sound like solving the problem at first, I would argue that it causes unimaginably complicated issues in the long run. Therefore, I disagree with this idea and believe that other better alternatives are more worthy of consideration. 67 words

There are various reasons why I believe a rise in the price of petrol is not advisable. 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, which might trigger more severe problems at the national level because people may quit their far-away jobs to save on 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 public transport network, people would save considerably more when they use public transport, and the environment would not suffer from exhaust fumes. Melbourne is an excellent example, with its extensive tram network expanding everywhere, making 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 limiting the number of drivers and reducing traffic congestion. With those proposals, I believe everyone will fully regard a cleaner living environment and more pleasant commuting. 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, governments should increase the price of gas. Doing this would end up critically hurting the country's economy and its less privileged people. Instead, I am confident that my suggested alternatives work better. 55 words

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