1.5b vehicles by 2030

I just have 1 major concern & that is nothing other than TRAFFIC JAMS !!!

This concern is especially for the Klang Valley area whereby we currently do not have enough roads for the current number of cars. What is worse, the current quality of public transportation is still NOT up to standard to cater for the needs of the public.

Any suggestions for better traffic flow APART from the suggested tax to for cars entering the KL city center with less than 3 passengers?

800 million vehicles now, but it will be 1.5 billion by 2030




Growing and growing. PATRICK SENNYAH has been talking to the experts who say road transport has to be viewed in a new light given the oil situation and other factors.

Michelin CEO Michel Rollier.
Michelin CEO Michel Rollier.
Miroslav Ouzky.
Miroslav Ouzky.

ROAD transport is a major global issue and all countries will have to play their role towards more efficient and better road mobility.

According to Michelin chief executive officer Michel Rollier, there are more than 800 million vehicles on the road worldwide and the figure is expected to hit the 1.5 billion mark by 2030.

Each day, 225 million barrels of oil are consumed around the world, and this is expected to increase by 50 per cent in 2030 if current trends continue.

“About 98 per cent of road transport today is fuelled by oil and nearly a quarter of the global carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions are from the transport sector, a figure that is also constantly increasing,” he said.
Rollier said the recent US$100 (RM340) price tag for each barrel of oil had reinforced the feeling of urgency to solve road transport problems.”Road transport is a societal issue.

“Today, around 40 per cent of the oil extracted worldwide is used for road transport and the figure is rising as emerging markets, such as China, India and Latin America, significantly increase the number of vehicles on the road.

“CO2 is an issue, security of energy supply is an issue, urban congestion is an issue and urban pollution is an issue for the developing world. Road safety is also an issue.

“All these issues have to be addressed together. This is how we view truly sustainable road mobility.”

Rollier said it was time for all governments to look into alternative options and solutions at their disposal.

He said the increasing number of road accidents was another issue to be addressed.

According to Bjorn Stigson, who is the president of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development, more than 1.2 million people die daily from road accidents. By 2030, road accidents would be the eighth major cause of death in the world.

“Each day, 20 million to 50 million people are injured in road accidents. This is alarming and the governments of all countries must seriously look into better solutions.”

Stigson said factors to consider would be better road regulations and enforcement, improved road conditions and up-to-date driver training and re-training.

On CO2 emissions, Rollier said each country should reduce its emissions by 60-70 per cent for an overall 50 per cent reduction globally.

According to Satoko Karashima, who is the deputy director, Environmental Transport Policy Division, Ministry of Environment(Japan), in 1960, air pollution was a major problem in Tokyo, and people were falling sick as a result of it.

“To overcome this problem, the government came up with three solutions, which were to impose stricter regulations on vehicle emission; impose extra regulations in urban areas; and promote low-emission vehicles.”

Satoko said these actions managed to successfully lower the pollution levels and now Japan’s focus was on reducing CO2 emissions.

“One effective way the Japanese hope to achieve this is by improving our public transport services and increasing forest absorption.”

Miroslav Ouzky, who is the president of the European Parliament Environmental Committee, said the transport sector was the third highest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions.

Ouzky stressed on the importance of public transport and emphasised that governments must encourage their people to move from private to public transport.

“Global warming is a global problem and all parties must play their part.”

Too many cooks can affect public transport

IT is not only in Malaysia that more than one authority has its finger in the public transport pie.

“Sometimes, too many cooks can spoil the soup and the same applies to the transport sector,” said Klaus Toepfer, who is the former president of the United Nations Environment Programme.

The problem in many countries, he said, is that there are just too many different authorities in charge of transport issues and this makes it difficult to co-ordinate.

Traffic congestion contributes to a loss of one per cent in every country’s gross domestic product annually, apart from causing an increase in stress levels.

“There is a need for better management and co-ordination,” said Toepfer.

He said all governments should start emphasising the need to use public transport as a means to improve road mobility.

According to Sanjivi Sundar, a professor from the Tata Energy Research Institute of India, it was the duty of every government to ensure the people had access to good quality transport.

“Public transport must be accessible to everyone, regardless which part of the country they are staying in.

“Otherwise, it does not serve its purpose.”

Sanjivi said that people must have trust in their country’s public transport services.

“Governments must also see that there are follow-ups to their policies whenever there is a change in leadership.

“Otherwise, the people are the ones who will end up on the losing end when certain promises are left unfulfilled.”

Sanjivi said sound technological advances alone were insufficient to meet the transportation needs of the future and other factors like education and awareness were also important.


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