August 25, 2016

Car Ownership in Developing Countries

The transport sector contains different units including cars. Cars are often used for transportation purposes. In the developing countries, the transport system is less developed compared to that in developed country hence congestion is a common occurrence. Additionally, developing countries face the problem of environmental pollution which is caused by car emissions. Congestion and worrying about pollution can cause people to limit the number of car they own.


The cars used in developing countries have a negative impact on the environment hence should be limited. Ideally, most developing countries do not have car manufacturing plant hence have to import from the developed countries. Some developing countries such as Brazil understand the life span of imported cars is short hence have implemented laws preventing the importation of old cars. Cars that have been used previously are prone to wear and tear thus causing environmental pollution (‘On the move: reducing car usage and ownership in developing economies’, 2013). In this regard, there should be a limit on car ownership in order to avoid dumping.

Congestion and traffic jam are a common occurrence in developing countries. This problem is common in developing countries since there are poor transport systems. Congestion occurs since the proportion of urban space set for movement is small (Gwilliam, 2003). Any slight increase in the number of cars results in traffic jams.

In conclusion, car ownership in developing countries should be limited. This is mainly because of the negative environmental impact. Additionally, developing countries are faced with the challenge of traffic jam hence they should limit the number of cars on the roads. All the above factors validate the fact that developed countries should have fewer cars on their roads; there should be polies barring people from owning many cars.

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