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What's Wrong With the Odd-Even Car Proposal?

Aditya posted on 16 December

With Delhi up in arms over the recent proposal for the odd-even car law, drivers have been stubbornly picking sides and deciding it’s a bad, or great, idea before it has even been implemented. So why all the disagreement? Wouldn’t it be better to just test the out the proposal in January?

Perhaps, as was mentioned in a feature piece by, it is merely the inconvenience of the plan that is driving the negative response. Take a look.

We should have the freedom to use our own vehicles when we want!

The argument for freedom to do as you please is limited in the face of an imminent threat to all, and make no mistake, the air quality in our city is a threat. In the last ten years there has been a 97% increase in the number of automobiles in the city. That is a truly staggering amount! The idea that your personal convenience is more important than the ‘greater good’ is not one that holds much weight.

How will the traffic police uphold this law? How will they check every car?

There are simple solutions that can be taken into account, such as coloured license plates or monitors for specific indiscretions.

What happens if there is an emergency and I need my car?

This is a fair question and the best answer can only be that sometimes for an idea to truly work, you have to just start, and manage the kinks as they come. Cars could be given special emergency passes, or exempted in special circumstances.

No one in Delhi follows the rules, it’s not going to work.

It is disappointing to see people already making excuses and showing a desire not to follow the proposal. A law for the benefit of all is only as good as the all make it. Do what you can, see what happens.

What if people just buy two cars, one for each day?

Sad that people are already looking for loopholes, ways to cheat the system, but the truth is most individuals and groups cannot afford to buy more than one car. Even if only those groups bought two cars, and we implemented the odd-even rule, there could potentially be a lower number of cars actually on the streets.

All these problems will be looked at when the trial period begins in January 2016, but the more important question to ask {since this is happening whether you like it or not} is how will our public transport systems handle the added stress of half our city’s drivers?

All these questions are asked and answered in the Mensxp feature, which you can read here.