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An Average Iraqi

An Average Iraqi is just a fictional character whose....well, fictional. I will use this character to make a comparison between him and real human beings like myself or any one else.

Location:Baghdad, Iraq

My name is Hassan Kharrufa. I am a 20 year old Iraqi student. I study civil engineering at the Department of Building and Construction at Al-Jami3a Al-Taknologia (The Tecknology Univirsity), Baghdad, Iraq.

Iraqi Bloggers BiographyUpdated November 11

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The new driving system, a solution or a problem itself

  As a solution to the continuous traffic jams, and heavy traffic all throughout the Iraqi capital Baghdad, a new system of driving has been initiated in the city of Baghdad. The new system stipulates that cars with even license numbers can be driven a day, and the next day they can't, instead cars with odd license numbers are to be driven that day, but can't be driven the day next. This only applies to private cars, not public transportations, so the number of cars in the street is reduced heavily, but on what cost.

  This new system will make most people stay at their homes if they can't drive their cars, because most Iraqis use their cars to travel around, since the city is vast, and the public transportations are a mess, it takes a private car to move around, because taking taxis 3 or 4 times a week is just impractical. I have seen what other countries use for fighting traffic jams, for example in the US a method they use is to set up a high occupancy vehicle lanes, during rush hours. Those lanes can only be used by a bus, taxi or a car with more than 3 peoples inside. But this method is going to be very hard to follow in Iraq, because the traffic system is very fragile, and most checkpoints are more occupied with searching cars for bombs and weapons to bother themselves with lanes violators.

  While other practical solutions can be found, for example after the war, many cars have entered the country, meaning that many families now have more than one car in the house, and it is true, many families have cars for father, mother and sons. That means more cars on the road, and definitely trouble. One might consider allowing only one car for each household, to cut the number of cars. Another solution is the roads itself. Sometimes traffic conjugations happens when the road is blocked with concrete blocks so that only one lane is open, or in many cases, the road itself is very bumpy, and can't be taken fast, cars need to slow down and take it slow to cross it. Plus many roads has been blocked for military reasons after the war, that has turned the traffic from the big main roads, into the small side roads, sometimes those roads are only big enough for one car coming and one car going, not a good replacement for a 3 lanes come and 3 lanes go main street.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

That must make it hard to get around if you have someplace to be and the wrong number on that day....it must be very confusing. On a previous post you said the same sort of thing was happening with gas. Do they coincide with each other? They would just about have to. Have any plans been made to improve some of the side streets to make them more driver friendly? I guess that would also take a long time. We do have those problems in the US too. In the city I live it grew too fast and the roads could not be expanded fast enough. For the past 2-3 years I have driven through road construction to and from work every day and just around town. It does get frustrating. However in large cities the Car Pool lane that you refered to does help. But not all places have those. Hope it gets better soon.

6:37 AM  
Blogger CharlesWT said...

Allowing the price of fuel to rise to it's market value would take a lot of cars off the roads.

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Anonymous chele said...

was it americans that came up with this idea..
I am beginning to think we are not really good at organization..
Based on what has happened with the victims of Katrina..

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