limiting the # of cars being sold per year: should it be allowed to help earth?

Philippines
March 22, 2009 1:15pm CST
some countries are thinking of limiting the number of cars being sold per year. they think that less cars on the road will equate to less pollution and less gas consumption, therefore conserving energy resources and reducing air pollution. these countries feel that if the space on the road occupied by cars with only one passenger are reduced to a minimum, this may help reduce traffic and improve public transportation. there will be less traffic on the road, and perhaps more public transpo vehicles can be put on the road. how do you feel about this idea? is it a god decision to limit the number of cars being sold per year? if this idea pushes through, who should get those cars? should it be first come first serve, or do they go to those who need it the most, like people who need to respond to emergencies immediately? even with the advent of environment-friendly cars, the number of gasoline and diesel cars are way cheaper and more affordable by the masses... that's why the idea of limiting car sales came up. do you think this is a good idea? or a bad one?
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@Spook619 (335)
22 Mar 09
That will simply force the prices up, encourage people to run cars right into the ground, and create massive losses in jobs and income for car manerfacturers (oops spelt it wrong but I can't figure out the right way). Over all opinion... VERY BAD IDEA!!
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• Philippines
23 Mar 09
perhaps so... ^_^ i wonder though if more environment-friendly cars will be manufactured if people stopped buying gasoline and diesel engine vehicles. perhaps the gasoline-run cars will become more expensive if their sales are limited, but this migh force the car companies to make solar-powered cars and those that run with bio-fuel. then in the end there will be more jobs, right? but that's just a thought. perhaps i'm wrong. ^_^
@mariposaman (2967)
• Canada
23 Mar 09
Oh great another stupid idea. Governments only seem to have one idea is to ban it by law or tax it so heavily people will use it less. What about giving a tax break to people who buy hybrids and electric cars. The trouble with electric cars is when everyone is plugging in to recharge there will be a peak on the electrical system and everyone will be paying to electricity charge.
• Philippines
31 Mar 09
fortunately, we use hydroelectric power, so perhaps the hybrid cars can work here. the elecetricity the government provides in the philippines has been paid for by bulk - so, whether or not we consume it, we all pay for it. any unused electricity is paid for by all users. a lot of controversy has risen from this, but the government can only sustain the independent hydroelectric power plants if all the power they provide can be paid for. otherwise, if only a fraction of what they made was paid for, they would rather stop making electricity. so perhaps electrical consumption might even go down here with hybrid cars (in a way), because the fraction of our bills which we pay for unconsumed electricity will be much less... ^_^
@Debs_place (10525)
• United States
23 Mar 09
I do direct care for developmentally disabled adults. Their residences are so far out, I can go miles without hitting a red light. So where would I come in on this scheme of limiting car sales. My current car is almost 12 years old, which is longer then many people keep their cars, so we would have these old dinosaurs on the road and no one being able to buy new cars and so no one works to build cars. I think keeping this recession going on another 20 or 30 years should make the world real green. Public transportation right--in the middle of no where and late at night when I am going home on some nights -- not to likely. I assume you live in a city with public transportation.
• Philippines
23 Mar 09
hi there! "i assume you live in a city with public transportation." - you have to remember that the idea i posted was not mine but a goverment's. and if you read the discussion again, you will see that the context points to my disapproval of it. again, i would like to emphasize that i wasn't even for the idea. so i hope it's okay that you don't assume that i am immediately lobbying for it. i just knew it would be nice to discuss the pros and cons, although i am honestly against it. :o and to answer your question: no, your assumption is very wrong. although i live in a place with transportation, i have to drive to work because the health center i work at is in a rural area with a dirt road where no public vehicles go to.
@Darkwing (21588)
26 Mar 09
To be perfectly honest, I can't see this working. There are always second-hand car dealers to consider and also, people will hang onto the cars they have longer, possibly rendering them dangerous in the end. I really don't think it's a great idea, although they could perhaps control the traffic on the road by making second-car and beyond taxes and insurances much higher. Brightest Blessings my friend.
@darsa123 (36)
• United States
23 Mar 09
yes its a great idea.. im sorry but who the hell really NEEDS a new car every year, who needs 20 cars in their garage? its not need its greed. thats why were bailing out auto makers, they just keep spending the money to pump em out and finally we cant afford to buy them as fast as they make em. a car is a car and i dont need a hot rod or a bran new one every year its rediculous.
• United States
23 Mar 09
Instead of limiting the amount of cars sold (which would undeniably inconvenience a lot of families) we should limit the amount of gas-guzzlers like SUVs and such that we sell and try to sell more hybrids. I might sound like a hippie here but studies have been done linking pollution to SUVs and the such.
• United States
23 Mar 09
I don't think that would be a good idea. What about the jobs that would get rid of that people rely on to make a living? Also that would drive the prices up & the average man & woman could not afford the vehicles. What about people that live in the rural areas??? But we do need more public transportation & be available 24 hours because not everyone works day hours.
@Yori88 (1468)
• Philippines
23 Mar 09
I think limiting the number of cars sold per year is a good idea. It will reduce the number of cars in the road and thus less traffic. However that idea has also good and bad consequences. In terms of sales, the car manufacturers will only have to expect for an exact or definite sale in a year. I think that not all manufacturers will agree because what if in a particular year there are a lot of people who wants top buy because budget is available? We can never assure that even in this time of crisis people will no longer buy cars. Cars are already necessity especially to those who can afford and to those who really need it for traveling. Manufacturers may lose a sale if there is a limit of cars being sold. Chances are some people who already planned to buy may spend their money on something else if the number of cars, lets say only 100 cars per company per year, has already been met. On the other hand, I can also see some good effects and some were already mentioned above. As I have said it will reduce the number of cars in the road and thus less traffic. Also the pollution from vehicles will be reduced. Aside from that it will benefit those vehicles for public transportation to earn more since most passengers does not have cars. But then again if the number of cars being sold per year will be limited then I think it is not right to increase or allow more vehicles for public transport in the road. It will just be of same result: more vehicles causing traffic and pollution. I think color coding (system adapted in Philippines where plate numbers ending with a particular number is not allowed to be on the road on a particular day i.e Monday is banning plate numbers ending in 1 and 2, Tuesday bans those that ends in 3 and 4 and so on until Friday that bans those that ends with 9 and 0) is one of the best solutions so far ever made because it decreases the number of vehicles on the road every weekdays. However it is not perfect because not all vehicles are caught on the road. Anyway I still go for the idea of limiting number of cars sold per year. I think it is one way that could possible help save the earth. We'll never know unless we try so let's try it and hope it works.
• United States
23 Mar 09
I dont think limiting the number of cars sold per year is a good idea. I think that cars that use gasoline should not me manufactured anymore though. I also think that people should ride bikes, walk or use electric powered vehicles. I think gasoline powered cars should be outlawed. I know we all have one, but maybe the government could offer a generous value for a trade in on an electric powered vehicle. People are so worried about not getting the speed they want out of an electric powered vehicle, but if we think about it, most city speed limits are 25-45 mph anyway. Going from state to state may take a little longer, but as technology gets better and better, the speed of electric (or other pollution free powered vehicles) will improve. I think we should all think about going green....I sure would like to. As soon as I can afford a less pollutant vehicle, I am going to get one. That is one of my goals and I think everyone should do their part, even if it small, like walking or riding a bike to the store to get a few items.
• United States
23 Mar 09
know what they SHOULD DO? figure out a way to keep the cars from polluting the earth. maybe like the entire "going green" thing. i think all automakers should be required to make cars that are safe for the enviornment. they should make these cars more affordable so people have the option to help save the enviornment!
@maezee (34505)
• United States
22 Mar 09
I think it's a bad idea, only because with the way things are going, car sales are ALREADY down and it would be hard to predict the demand for them in the future. *shrugs*. Maybe they could limit the number of gas-guzzling Escalades and Hummers out on the road, though, that would be nice.
@ladynetz (968)
• Canada
22 Mar 09
The idea to help earth is good. But limiting the number of cars, it's not.Only if you come up with same as efficient as the car, but using less gas and poluating less. Otherwise, the car price and gas price will go up a lot, and our economy, bad as is, will suffer even more. I have an idea, but of course costs too much to implement, and if yes, the auomobile industry and few others will suffer. My idea is to make a rolling road (like the stairs in the mall),that every 2 feet you have a cabin.Like the ski chairs. Close cabin, that comes slow, can stop if you wave and you get in. Give your wanted address, and it's taking you there, having it's own GPS. Would be nice, is it?
@suzzy3 (8357)
22 Mar 09
I get what you mean but with the down turn in the ecomomy and the car industry in melt down I don't somehow think that is going to be a problem well not in England anyway.But I do get your point there should be more environmentally friendly cars made and used it will help the planet.The real idea is to get all the old bangers off the road if the government gave them a voucher for a new car and crushed to old ones that would solve the problem but I think I am in cuckoo land with that one.xx
• Philippines
22 Mar 09
It has its advantages has you have said that it could be of huge help in relieving the stress we give to mother Earth. On the other hand, it is quite disadvantageous itself as we all know how much important transportation is for the world. Without transportation, you might not be able to reach the other end of the world and some people rely on that to gain a living. I do believe its for the best for us to lessen the diesel engine cars has it is one of the highest contributors to the pollution we are suffering.
• United States
22 Mar 09
In an ideal world, this would be a wonderful idea. But we don't live in an ideal world. Economically, it's a poorly thought out idea. It's going to drive car prices up, and that's the last thing we need right now. And what about areas where there is no public transportation? Then what? Besides which, public transportation can end up being pricey - sometimes pricier than a used car, in the long run. A better idea would be to devote more time and energy to developing fuel effective and eco-friendly vehicles. Or to offer incentives for car pooling or using transport, like Boston does.