With the advent of the automobile technology, transportation became much easier. However, this revolutionary invention has now turned out to be an environmental hazard. In particular, the traffic control problem as a result of increased car ownership has sparked the debate on whether alternative forms of transport are the solution. Essentially, encouraging alternative forms of transport and regulating car ownership will reduce both traffic congestion and environmental pollution.
The use of alternative forms of transport such as hybrid cars and solar powered cars is more likely to reduce the problem of pollution. For one, unlike the conventional car technology which contributes to environmental pollution, the alternative means of transport do not emit green house gases such as carbon dioxide. Hence, adopting alternative means of transport will automatically lead to reduced levels of pollution. Other forms of transport such as the use of public means of transport, as well as, cycling are likely to reduce the level of traffic, and in the process, provide a solution to traffic congestion (Holden, 2007). Thus, alternative mode of transport is the panacea to the long-standing problems of environmental pollution and traffic congestion.
Apart from embracing the environment-friendly modes of transport, international legislation is also another approach to the inherent problem in automobile transport. For instance, international legislation should dictate the maximum number of cars that a family should possess. Secondly, there should be a legislation controlling the presence of cars in specific areas of the city. Most importantly, regulation of car ownership through imposition of heavy taxes for new buyers, as well as, the traffic offenders is a possible solution (Bender, 2012). Through specific international legislation on car ownership and use, traffic congestion and pollution will be significantly reduced.
Conclusively, adoption of alternative modes of transport and proper international legislation on car ownership holds the key to the current problem of automobile transport.