Residents Supports City’s Idea in Creating Carpool Lanes
Residents are sending mixed responses to the transportation commission as they revealed their plans to create a high occupancy vehicle in Nanping Expressway and at Binhe and Binhai Boulevards. While some residents support the idea of high occupancy vehicles that are usually reserved during rush hours are used by vehicles carrying two or more people helps in the reliving of traffic congestion.
One resident is hoping that the government will introduce the high occupancy vehicles as quickly as possible especially on Nanping Expressway which is always congested during rush hour. While another resident thinks the introduction of car pool lanes will make full use of road resources plus carpooling is a great way of saving time, money and energy. Some oppose to the ideas saying that the capability of the government to monitor these high occupancy vehicle lanes are still limited and vehicles with one occupant can still sneak in these lanes during rush hours.
Carpooling is illegal if these drivers charges its passengers, as carpooling in China is still considered an illegal business if passengers are asked to pay for their ride, unlike in the US where drivers provide free rides to those who need help. Another problem that faces the city is how to implement these high occupancy lanes as they are being implemented in western cities were its citizens are more conscious of the law and is better enforced.
Those caught illegally using these lanes are fined and traffic police used advance technologies in monitoring vehicles or else these high occupancy lanes will not serve its purpose properly. City in China are now researching on using car pool lanes more than ten years ago but only a few have put them into use. Still it hasn’t stop residents from choosing a carpool system for commuting, picking up children and traveling is fast gaining popularity as cost of driving increases.