In order to solve traffic problems , governments should tax private car owners heavily and use the money to improve public transportation. What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a solution?
Traffic congestion in many cities around the world is severe. In fact, it is slowly turning in to a menace because of the growing number of vehicles.
According to a group of individuals, one possible solution to this problem is to impose heavy taxes on car drivers and use this money to make public transport better.
Para 1 (Advantages)
- One of the first benefits of such a measure is that the heavy taxes would discourage car owners from using their cars because it would become very expensive to drive. This would mean that they would begin to make use of public transport instead, thus reducing traffic problems and pollution as well.
- Another benefit would be that much more use would be made of public transport if it is improved. It is often the case that public transport in cities is very poor. For example, we often see old buses and trains that people would rather not use. High taxes would generate enough money to make the necessary changes.
Para 2 (Disadvantages)
- Nevertheless, such a solution has a downside as well. First and foremost, this would be a heavy burden on the car drivers. At present, taxes are already high for a lot of people, and so further taxes would only mean less money at the end of the month for most people who may have no choice but to drive every day.
- In addition, this type of tax would likely be set at a fixed amount. This would mean that it would hit those with less money harder, whilst the rich could likely afford it. No doubt, it will create an imbalance in the society. Moreover, this might also result in to a sharp reaction from those who have less money. Hence, it might create lot of problems for the government.
(Concluding Statement and restating opinion)
In the end, it can be concluded that posing heavy taxes on private car owners has both pros and cons.
The onus lies on both the Governments and individuals to tackle the issue of traffic congestion on priority basis. Rather than looking for specific answer to the problem, the focus should be on finding a comprehensive solution.
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