No Car? No Problem!

It fascinates me that anyone living in Bangkok would want to own a car. The traffic is a nightmare just to look at, let alone to sit in it! With the latest news that service stations may have to close at 8pm instead of the 10pm that they do now I envisage that traffic will become even worse than it already is.

The government, in all of it’s benevolence, has come up with this idea to conserve energy. The side-effect of this is that motorists will adjust their schedules so that they can refill their tanks before closing time, causing even more traffic problems. Service stations will have to serve the same amount of customers, but with two hours less to do it.

Will closing service stations 2 hours earlier really save that much energy anyway?

If you’re like me and don’t have (or need) a car, you’ve got nothing to worry about – except for the increased risk of crossing a road.

2 Comments so far

  1. Takie (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 4:21 am

    It’s all about control. I control the media. I control nightclubs. I control the cops. I control gas stations. I control local stores. I control the streets. I control your life.

  2. aurix (unregistered) on September 7th, 2005 @ 1:09 pm

    the problem is that Bangkok isn’t very well planned and that public transportation is not efficient at all, so even if you don’t want a car, if you want to get around conveniently, you do need it. it’s the only option, especially for me and a lot of people who live in the “suburbs” of Bangkok or whose homes are not located near a BTS or a subway station. besides, the skytrain and the subway have, like, what… 3 lines combined? obviously that’s not enough.

    but yeah… i see where you’re coming from. if asked if i want to own a car, i’d probably say no, too. (and personally i don’t enjoy driving that much too.. haha…)

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