James Piecowye thinking out loud

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Raise fuel prices?

Posted on | May 15, 2014 | No Comments

So I had this half baked idea about how to reduce accidents on the road, raw really.

What if we were to jack up fuel prices, I live in the UAE remember.

Raising the price will force us to consider buying fewer big cars, drive slower with smaller cars and maybe even stop driving as much! The idea is raise gas prices and accidents go down.

Maybe not a totally thought out idea.

This caller to Nightline had a lot to say.

This caller took another approach but pretty much went down the same direction.

Maybe you want to listen to the entire show?


I thought it was interesting to see so many people weigh in via the SMS line.

  • We will make the petrol company happy…Farhan
  • Do all that but make ire the public transport is well connected and the walking to each stations be it bus or metro – thanx to the sunny side it ain’t cool
  • Wat abt the primitive road systems in sharjah ?
  • Hi james, my skodas do around 42 to 50 mpg (say 60 to 80 kms per gallon), and yup my jeep goes offrd once a week maybe (18 to 20mpg).. Petrol price whatis the actual pump price so that a small profit could be made by the retailers? B rgds ian (skoda guy)
  • Great idea. Increase fuel prices so they cascade to higher food prices so people waste less. Cool huh? Yatz
  • This would drive inflation to unprecedented rates, rents are already ridiculous. This will make people’s life worse,force them to live farther from the city. People are overworked and live far from their work place. The core is people living in sharjah and working in jebel Ali. Less accident? Decrease rents,let people live near their work place. Taxis make lots of accidents because they work for 12hrs
  • Guns don’t kill people James. Yonas
  • thank u for giving another idea with the rent hike. pls think about those of us who travel from ajman to dubai to work pls think outside jlt n marina. secondly, last time petrol went up everyone used it as an excuse to increase prices of everything especially school transport which is already expensive. khurram
  • Hi,Rais petrol price cause more public transport use?
  • Ofcourse NOT,I live in dubai sports city, getting a taxi to halfway in town costs me around 80-100 dhs,  but i feel my car with 120 dhs it last for almost 3-4 days going anywhere in town and even get back home.
  • Unless they make the gas price 3-5 times more than what it is, they can’t make me choose public transport instead of my own.
  • Gas prices in Lebanon is almost 4 times higher, you think the economy there is better? And do you think those driving V8 or V12 would ever care about 500 or 1000 Aed increase/month on their fuel charges? Khajag
  • We are all forgetting that there is no taxes in this country! The key to growing a public transport is taxing the people, vinay
  • Hi James,Why not make Public Transport free except Taxis & you will see the change


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