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? Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own experience or knowledge.
Traffic congestion in many cities around the world is severe. One possible solution to this problem is to impose heavy taxes on car drivers and use this money to make public transport better. This essay will discuss the benefits and drawbacks of such a measure.
An initial advantage of implementing such a policy would be that the exorbitant taxes would deter automobile owners from operating their vehicles due to the exorbitant cost of transportation. This would result in an increased adoption of public transit, leading to a concurrent reduction in traffic congestion and environmental pollution. An additional benefit would be that public transport would be utilised considerably more frequently. In many urban areas, public conveyance is of the lowest quality. One prevalent sight is the presence of antiquated buses and railroads that are unused by the public. Elevated tax rates would yield sufficient funds to implement the required reforms.
Nevertheless, there are drawbacks to such a solution. First and foremost, this would be a heavy burden on 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. Besides, this type of tax would likely be set at a fixed amount. It would mean that it would hit those with less money harder, while the rich could likely afford it. It is, therefore, not a fair tax.
To conclude, imposing taxes may improve the current situation and help to minimise pollution, but it would make people suffer in financial terms. Governments should promote sustainable technology that can resolve the pollution challenge without punishing private car owners by way of hefty taxes.