Kashmir Times

Why is public transport not good enough to make private vehicle ownership unnecessary?

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By Bobby Ramakant
"If public transport was strong and there were safe spaces to walk and cycle then why will people spend their life's earnings or take loans to buy private vehicles? Likewise, when government education and health are strong, people opt for public services."

If the goal is to protect environment from automobile pollution, improve road safety, and end economic disparities in the society, then vehicle scrappage policy is not likely to deliver on these tall promises. Rather such a policy could be counter-productive if we look closely at the aforementioned goals.

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