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Car pooling in Brunei

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Car pooling is one of the solutions for Brunei to help reduce the amount of carbon emission into the environment as many still have doubts about the efficiency of the public transport.

Retiree Fang Thien Poh said that he thinks car pooling is a good idea as it also helps reduce petrol costs.

"If every person were to drive their own car to a certain place, it will be a headache when it comes to looking for a parking," said the 77-year-old.

Some members of the public had even commented that any move by the authorities to limit the number of cars a family can have so as to reduce carbon emission will not succeed if the public transport is not improved.

Fang said: "The government also has no control over the number of cars a person can have. Besides, cars are cheap and cost of petrol and tax is also low."

Although, he thinks that the number of cars in Brunei is still bearable, he suggested enlarging roads to accommodate the cars.

A teacher who teaches the Malay language in one of the private schools said: "Compared to Malaysia, there are too many cars in Brunei for its population. If the government were to decide to limit the number of cars, I think it will be ok but they wouldn't be able to do it unless public transport improves. Another way could be to introduce carbon tax like in Singapore."

"It is also inconvenient to travel around in Brunei with places distant away from each other. That's why we need to depend on our cars," said the teacher who wished to remain anonymous.

However, she thinks that car pooling is a good idea but there is the problem of different working hours.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old student expressed his view that "if you don't have a car in Brunei, you are practically stuck at home because there is no proper public transport".

The student who only gave his name as Bo Yuan said: "Before I got my driving licence, I had to wait for a long time to get somewhere."

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