Thursday, 31 May 2012

Cars and Their Urban Troubles

Purchasing a car has become an inevitable consideration to working people once they have achieved a certain measure of financial flexibility in their lives. Originally when the car, next to the television, was seen as a luxury item, many people could not help but resign their transport needs to mass transport especially in big cities. In contemporary times the case has a new face.

The urban setting has changed since then where large cities have seen an influx of personal vehicles on the thoroughfares and car ownership has plummeted to millions of vehicles in any given large city. In cities where interchange ways are not sufficiently developed, and the metro system is unaccommodating, the large number of personal vehicles on the streets on certain times of the day especially in the morning and the evening has continued to cause gridlocks and overlapping traffic situations on major streets.

It is inevitable then that city authorities have premiered many modern measures to curb the effects of this vehicular revolution by installing traffic laws that include parking rules and the creation of non motorized zones. The latter step has led to restrictions to car drivers from accessing certain districts of large urban centers where only pedestrians are allowed to use. In certain cities the drivers are advised to leave their vehicles in designated spots and access their working places by the electric train or the public metro system to minimize the traffic congestion in the busy commercial district. Car owners who find entry to the heart of the city are required to pay a daily parking fee.

Car ownership has risen partly due to the reduction of commodity prices and the permeation of many subsidiary motor companies manufacturing vehicles cheaply from spare parts obtained from world class car makers. This has made the car recede from the horizon of being a piece of luxury to becoming a city bug.

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