Nora Brook from USA (from Russia) writes:
Best of luck to hypothetical 10%traffic cut. Constant and fast
traffic increase, presumably, included in calculation. Even so,
it's next to nothing. The most ridiculouse theory, truly archaelogical
as opposite to 'logical', is the Roman one of Dr.F.Pryor. Or it
was a geat Britan humor? What was really effective in former Sovet
Union's great city of Leningrad, is the tough government control
over population consumption. It was made next to impossible to bye
a car except for certain very limited category of Leningradiens
and still at awfully inflated prices. It worked. Now, of course,
the traffic is free to be like in London, New York etc. And it is
plus the driving manners of stone age. So, blame the earlier men,
not these overused Romans.
Please, don't take it politically, let us be philosophical.
Kevin Dong from China writes:
First, i don't know how much money should you to pay to living
city central per month in Britain.But i am sure more and more people
will chose to living city instead of expensive car's fee.it will
rise price of the flat in the city central reasult in .In future
,it will be more crowd than now if living city .so balance between
city and village will be destoryed.
Mohd Amir Riaz from Pakistan writes:
I think that Congestion Charges is a good idea to control the
trafic, due this only Genieune peoples will go to that area. Except
this Congestio Charges, Govt have to take bold step to Stop The
Total Entrance of Vehicles in Central London to control the trafic.
Daniele Landini from Italy writes:
I read your article regarding the congestion charge with interest.
We have the same problem in our bigger city in Italy. I think that
common man or the smaller entrepreneurs in the centre of London
will be the most affected by this charge. They have to pay for this
charge. Business people or companys managers sited in London,
they usually use the car for few kilometres instead the public transport,
will escape it because the company pays for it, directly or indirectly.
I think also that increase tax for the London citizens will mean
to increase the inflation and that will mean to cut down the power
of the salary employers
new problems to resolve. The fundamental
thing to do is to increase the public transport of the Londons
and prohibit the centre to the private cars. At the same time, the
cost of the public transport has to be reduced to help the normal
people to use it. Also, the Government has to encourage all citizens
with every mean to adv the public transports. Simple charging commuters
by the congestion charge will not improve the situation.
L. Frank from France writes:
If you really want to sort out the problem of car congestion
in big cities as London or Paris,the best thing to do from my point
of view is to set main streets to pedestrians and people on cycles.Another
thing to do is to develop drastically public transport to make it
reliable efficient cheap to all commuters.The tube must be the framework
of the system.The buses should use freely streets remaining on the
main routes.In Strasbourg, they use the Tram a sort of bus on rails
.It's really useful for people and efficient as well. To reduce
cars and trucks on roads has another advantage is to break the pollution
down. Thank you.
Bae, Misun from South Korea writes:
l'm living in Pusan which is the second biggest city in South
Korea so it's always full of cars and people. We also have serious
traffic problems and people always complain about it.
Our city have tried many ulternatives to prevent traffic jams and
ease the situataion. They've tried to fine, prevent people from
driving on certain days and encourage people to use public transportation.
As a result, most of the big cities in South Korea have well-developed
public transportation system and you don't really need your own
car because you can actully go anywhere you want using public transportation.
But about fining people, l think it can cause more of negative responds.
They used to strenthen the regulation and fine them a lot. But without
effective policies and systems of transportation and traffic, it
will only make people complain.
l think the city has to come up with those ideas first that can
make the situation better. Fining can be the last policy.
Saeed Fallah from IRAN writes:
The best way to control traffic, particularly in big cities,
is extending highways and also subway routes. the traffic in Delft,
a small city in the Netherlands is not heavy at all because many
people use bicycle for their daily works.
Congestion charge would be a nice idea to solve the traffic problems.
by doing this operation, people use more public transport rather
than using their own car. So obviously it leads to a decline in
liu zhaoqiang from China writes:
I think traffic is a big programme in the world,every country
have their one ways to solve it.Londen'method is a way,and I think
is a good way.Because if you connect something to money ,they will
be very careful.
Hiroshi Katsuma from Japan writes:
I completely agreed with the congestion charge for the cars
entering city center in London. First of all,from humanity point
of view, individuals have the chance to reacknowlege what is the
most important for their lives, and also the charge makes good chances
for individuals to reconsider the theme that what is freedom and
what is unfreedom by using car.
Secondly, from the economical point of view, everybody using cars
recognize how it cost to use cars as social cost which is mainly
invested in infra-structure;on the other words,everybody will become
aware of the cheaper cost in comparision of the compensation of
their freedom due to the benefit from cars,and finally,of the contradiction
between their benefit from cars and social matter.
As set out above,I think that this policy will drive ourselves to
one of the breakthrough for both the present relation between individuals
and society ,and chaotic economic condition.
Zore from CHINA writes:
As you know ,the problem of traffic already have been severe
problem all over the world. By industry of moter vehicles is developing
in high speed,the problem will get worse.I'm annoyed with the problem
sometimes.I hope find a mothed that can help us to be presented
from realistic problem.I think that congestion charging is available
Kudryavtsev Alex from Russia writes:
I think that the best way to control traffic in a big city is
to provide good comfortable fast public transport. Once people are
sure that they can rely on a public bus or metro or whatever it
is they will not use their cars within the city. They will deffinetely
prefer to save their money and nerves. I live in a small city -
no problems with traffic. The way Mr Livingston found is not bad.
He will solve the problem and he will raise some money. One thing
I am certain about is that he is never going to win the next elections.
Eva Black from Singapore writes:
I don't think it is a good idea to ask for people to pay for
what they have to do. You know the government is going to provide
convience to the residents as much as possible. If what the government
has to do is to levy a toll on the people, how can it serve people.
In my view, the best way for us to tackle with the modernization
problem is to design a better way for the modernization, that is
to say, we should try to solve problem according to what caused
Soapy from China writes:
It,s a good idea to cut London,s traffic by chargeing the drivers
some money .The policy has many advantages. but i think it can not
solve the problem completely. I live in Wuhan, China. It,s a big
city with very bad traffic. But people live in the city have got
used to that.
Ling chen from france writes:
I don't think that "the congestion charge" is a good
idea,but I understand, if London has always been congested,we must
controle this situation.Can we let the vehicle whose number is odd
number enter on monday, wednesday and friday,and the even number
can enter thuesday and thursday.
Duong kheang from Cambodia writes:
The best way to control traffic in cities.
- educate to the people about the traffic law.
- more trainning to police officers
- put all the signs on the streets
Mansoor Khan from Pakistan writes:
Your question has three parts, so i will answer ur question
in three parts.
1-) i think one way to control the traffic in the city is that u
transfer some irrelevant offices which are inside the city and has
no special work in the city but just creating disturbance inside
the city,u transfer them to the out of the city in this way the
traffic relevant to that offices will reduce and if there are 100
such that offices and atleast each office has three vehecles, then
300 vehecles will become less.(in my point of view..) U can also
divide vehicles such that u lock to enter the big traffic in the
city in day time...and allow them to enter at late night...
2. i think ur question meaning is that what kind of traffic i like
inside the city ....(sorry my english is not good.. )
if ur question is this then ..
i think that short vehicles are the best.
3-)i think it is a good idea for controlling the traffic inside
Jiazi from China writes:
i live in the Beijing of China,and the congestion problem also
exist in my city.However,many effective solutions have been put
forwarded and carried out,such as crossroads,different regulations
of different roads.To some extends,these means have released the
crisis of congestion problem.
Shizuca from Kyoto, Japan writes:
It is a destiny 4 people in the cities 2 have traffic jams,
I suppose. In the cities, people sometimes must pay extra money,
while other people in the suburbs do not have 2 do that. But the
point is that the government must go public an information how 2
use money from a congestion charge. I really think it is very important,
however, Japanese government is not good at release.
Rex from PRC writes:
I think better way is to strengthen and improve the public transportation,though
this will be more difficult than charging every vehicle going across
the central region of London.However,it will surely make effects
The traffic of the city I am living now is quite different.We have
far more bicycles than vehicles,and jams happen all the time,but
they are all small ones.And sometimes you will think bicycle is
more convenient because of its agility while another serious problem
To be practical,I believe the changing method probably is the best
Dr.Tomohiro Naruse from Japan writes:
I feel a lot of vehicles comes into a big city. Needless to
say, during the daytime, big citites become congested area. Charge
fee is a good idea to decrease cars comming into big cities. In
Japan, I stress that prefectural capitals introduce the charge fee
as well as London. It's a good idea, I think.
Panxinglai from China writes:
regarding to the congestion charge to motorist on London,I think
it is a temporary solution to iron out the problem of traffic jam.because
in London the traffic jam was caused by increasing vehicles. as
the developing of London,it will be more and more vehicles coming,it
is not perfect solution proventing vehicles from London by charging
them,and it could be low work effiecency.so i think London goverment
must change the existing London road routes,but before or during
goverment change the road routes, charging the mortorist to controll
the quantity of vehicles is a good way.
Liumo from china writes:
i think it is a good way to deal with the traffic problems,but
it is a little bit 'cruel'.people who own cars want to have more
convenience and more freedom.if the government request all the vehicles'
owners to pay for the charge ,i think maybe it will decrease the
number of vehicles in the city centre .but it may also decrease
the income of the government .because there are always many department
stores in the centre of a city.when people are asked to pay for
the charge ,they are very likely to change their destination and
select other places for shopping.
Zhencui Zou from China writes:
From my point of view,congestion charging maybe effective to
some extent in improving the traffic condition in London,but cannot
solve it.Government should encourage people to put forward more
proposes to deal with it,such as back to bike era,build up more
effective public transport system etc.Sure,the final solution should
be benefical for both country and people.
Hanh Thuy Tran from Canada writes:
The best way to control traffic in the cities is to limit the
individuals who drive their cars to the cities by encouraging them
to use public transports such as: train, bus. charging more for
car park spaces in the cities is also effective for reducing number
of the cars enter cities. Specially, a crowded city is like London,
a limit of cars in the city is very crucial. Therefore, i think
the idea of a congestion charge which is made by the Major of London
for owners of the cars entered the city is a good way to handle
traffic in London. I am currently in Saskatoon, the city of Saskatchewan.
the traffic here is perhaps less crowded than London. I think may
be this is a small city or there could be a good method applied
to control the traffic.
Lenin Montano from Panama writes:
The congestion in this little country is amazing. You just cant
move, and there is a big possibility to have a crash if you are
in a big congestion.
But to charge to got into a city? a think it will not have a
abigail zuo from China writes:
congestion charge is really a good way to control the traffic.But
there are another ways to control it. 1)widen the road 2)cut the
price of public transportation 3)How about using car-pool more time
4)There is no car in the city one day, especially rest day(saturday
or sunday) 5)Make it difficult to get a car
Tse Eugene from China writes:
I don't think it solves the problem in deed. I think, thouth,
it gives privileges to people who can afford the fees and deprive
the rights of others.
chevallier jonathan from france writes:
Hello, i do understand how tedious this idea of charging people
might sound to your ears, yet i'd rather say London has the best
tube system i've ever seen in my whole life,still i'm not that old.As
a matter of fact, using a car is sthg people have to do, at least
some of them; and that's precisely the point i'd like to draw your
attention to.Let's get the people who don't need their car home,
or at least use the public transports.London, i guess, will soon
get better.Cheers, jonathan.
Teddy Picanon from FRANCE writes:
Creating a congestion charge is not the best way to stop traffic.
Poeple who need to enter central London have no better way to pay.
Improving the quality service common transport is better. Althought,
there is a lot metro in Paris, the suburb, during the week have
only got 2 RER per an hour. Security in RER, particularly A, is
a problem. Personnally, I have no car and I have choosen to live
near Paris not spend all the time in transports. The rent of my
studio is expensive and the gouvernement is taking measures to reduce
Josue Alves Assuncao from Brazil writes:
1- I think is investment in subway, and plate with number alnternated.
2- The trafic is very bad, we have few line subway.
3- yes, but if have other altenative,because anyone like pay toll.
Christobal VanEstoy from FRANCE writes:
Hye I live in Paris, so a big city, and I think it's a very
good means to decrease the quantity of cars in the center of the
big town to create a congestion charge. In fact, most of people
who live in Paris don't use a car to move whereas the people who
come from the suburbs use a lot their car. It's a good idea to improve
the environment of people who live really in the big cities.
Takeshi Ichikawa from Japan writes:
I think this charge is very interesting in terms of trying to
solve the problem of congestion by money. This policy may be economically
reasonable because time can be considered as a resource which you
can buy by money. But I'm a little afraid this policy leads to giving
advantages only to rich people. This policy seems to say you can't
live or play in London if you don't have money.
Bob Lau from Singapore writes:
Traffic congestion in major cities around the world are getting
One way to solve this problem is to increase the capacity of the
road system. But, this will hit the limits as well and it is not
cost effective way to solve the traffic congestion problem.
The congestion charge will increase the cost of driving in the city
and will force some people to look for alternative transport. Hence,
this will reduce the load on the roads. But, to ensure the success
of the congestion charge, the public transport system should be
able to meet the surged demand. Otherwise, people will have to go
back to their cars.
yu yin from China writes:
improve your public transport. encourage people not to use their
Aaron A. Ramírezfrom México, Mexico
Thanks by this oportunity, to share our opinion.
- The best control traffic is enance other means of transportation,
by example public transportation. In my coutry specifictly Mexico
City, the caotic traffic situation, is requering an aqurate and
quik response,our goverment gave just paletaives in last years like
the plan to let cars drive in some days a week, but never saw the
necessity to open new ways to it. Now are traing to resolve the
problem, by example building second floor to old streets. In Mexico
city there are not free ways, no suburban train. They need thing
Arkadiusz Kozdroñ from Poland writes:
I think congestion charging is a first steep to reduce number
of cars end other engine vehicls. Second steep should be to rent
bicycles, scooters, scateboards.
Fanzhifang from China writes:
I have been to London,which isn't as fantastic as expected.As
a cosmopolitan city,it is a difficult problem to control the traffic;a
congestion charge isn't the key to solve the problem,either.The
best way ,I imagine,is to develop the subway system and encourage
the public to use public services instead of cars.
Betty.Wu from China writes:
In my opinion,the best way of contolling traffic is making all
the people protect the environment.Because it can make fewer cars
in the road. If people all understand the importance of the environment's
protection,I think the traffic will be better. It means what the
people think is the key to the traffic problems and to all the problems
in the world.
I'm a senior student and 16 years old.I hope you'll help me with
my English.I want to improve it and want to go to England very much.
Naz Siddiqui from Pakistan writes:
What i think to over come to control the flow of traffic is
to add some new routes rather than to impose the congestion charges
because its not a long-term soluion, ppls have already paid a heavy
amount of taxes so tht is not fair with them.Let suppose 4 a moment
tht all the ppls that make a rush of traffic in central Lodon have
to come to this place, then they all wld pay the charges then again
its not the proper solution bcoz the problem is still there.
Cindy from Taiwan writes:
I think it is a brilliant idea provided that public transportation
is affordable and reliable. If public transportation cannot live
up to meet the need of those who live in the city, then there is
no point imposing congestion charge. London's underground system
is great but it has not as reliable recently. Bus service is cheap
on comparison but the service is bad and unreliable. I think a lot
has to be done to improve the public transportation.
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Catherine lee from China writes:
As I know ,it is very common over the world that trafic congestion
is becoming more and more serious.Taking a congestion maybe a practical
method. However, encouraging people to use public transportation
is important as well.
Ctimir Pitkin from Czech republic writes:
In my opinion is a congestion charge good solution for limitation
the particular automobile transport in the event of, do you 3/4
acquire financial means from congestion charging go to the fund
of public mass transport on system improvement and decrease fare.
Traffic transport must be solving complex.
Sónia Sofia Pereira Alves from Portugal writes:
In the first place i do like to do a little reference about
this kind of concern saying that the World Economie is suffering
a moment of crisis,so i don't think people are receptive to pay
a congestion charge when their lives are themselves congestionated
and so, i don't see it as a (good) idea.In my city, traffic is a
problem among many others but it's not something that deserves so
much attention.Honestly, i don't see a way to control traffic in
cities because people are more selfish and they will not abdicate
of something that is usefull and at the same time, a convenience.
George Yohannan from USA writes:
I think you try to keep the average income people free of toll
charge. Try to impose a toll charge on all business vehicles. To
and Fro for employees should have a ceiling of income. If any employee's
income is over the ceiling, then that employee is entitled to pay
the toll. In this case, they must be assigned a free monthly pass.
Dr.Fareed AbdulMuhsin Warid Al-Laftah from Iraqi living
in Qatar writes:
My answer is rather short, as I always believe in the proverb
that saying: a short conclusive word is the enough for wise
I prefer that building crossed streets with bridges without traffic
signals are the most excellent ways to control traffic, although
are more expensive than traffic signals, but more efficient to control
traffic jam. the best way to control traffic problems and all other
problems is to focus on the essence of the problem itself and it's
real cause, , rather than treating their outcomes and charging people
more ,so as to decrease traffic problems is just like giving a patient
pain killer to make him comfortable without treating the main disease.
Regarding London, I think you like many other countries which concentrate
on the capital city more than other cities in all aspects of life;
political, social, commercial ...etc and this definitely will excite
people to live in the best developed city with resultant overcrowding.
Overcharging them will have bad consequences in many ways although
it could result temporarily in relieving some of the traffic troubles
and such negative consequences as examples are:
1. Rising of the prizes in the private section of commerce,
2. Shift of people to overuse the public transports, which of course
are liable for many technical problems and if anything happened
like that, then you'll have more problems other than traffic ones..........
My opinion for solving such problem is to shift the interest of
population to other many cities and make them as important as the
capital one in all aspects.
Yung Man Tat from Hong Kong writes:
Ifounf that the Learning English Programme in BBC World Service
is very useful for our and appreciate to have more products of this
kind of programme
Barbie from China writes:
I think the congestion charge in London is not a bad idea, but
there should be more methods to solve the traffic problem. For example
in the city i live, some companies start working at 8 am, but others
half past 8. This is one of the regulations the government applied
to solve the traffic problem
Amat Maajalla from Malaysia writes:
I think, It's a good idea When all driver must pay the charge
to enter the central of london.This also will make london decease
Wilson Li from Hong Kongwrites:
This is the funnest thing that I ever heard before. You have
to pay $5 if you want to drive in central London. Why don't you
block all the central roads to avoid the congestion. Congestion
charge is only deteriorating the traffic condition of the roads
surrounding London central. The best way to avoid the congestion
is providing the comfortable, convenient and less expensive mass
transportation, such as subway or bus network, but not stopping
people to go central.
Kate Chung from Hong Kong writes:
I don't think this is a well-thought idea. First of all, this
is rather unfair as only those living in central London can get
a discount. How about those who need to work in central London?
Secondary, the policy maker is rather short-sighted. The long-term
solution is to build more roads, encourge people to use public transport
and move business out of central London.
Masood from Pakistan writes:
1.Overhead bridges or undr ground passeges.
2.very congested all over big cities in my country and un fortunatly
it is unplined and hehazerd.
3.yes congestion chrge is good idea if you provide other means
to approch the center which should cheap and easly available.
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