Traffic in our cities
The volume of traffic in many cities in the world today continues to
This causes many problems, including serious air pollution, lengthy
delays, and a higher risk of accidents.
Clearly, something must be done, but it’s often difficult to persuade
people to change their behaviour and leave their cars at home.
Most of us are, after all, creatures of habit.
One possible approach is to make it more expensive for people to use
their cars by increasing charges for parking and bringing in tougher
fines for anyone who breaks the law.
Also, drivers could be required to pay for using particular routes at
different times of the day.
This system, known as ‘road pricing’ or ‘travel charge’, is already
being introduced in a number of major cities, using a special electronic
card fixed to the car windscreen.
Another way of dealing with the problem is to provide cheap parking on
the outskirts of the city, and strictly control the number of vehicles
allowed into the center.
Drivers and their passengers then use a special bus or train service for
the final stage of their journey.
Of course, the most important thing is to provide good public transport.
However, to get people to give up the comfort of their cars, public
transport must be reliable, convenient and comfortable, with fares kept
at an affordable price.
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