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Writing Task 2 - Petrol price increase (Two-part Question)

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Increasing the price of petrol is the best way to solve growing traffic and pollution problems.

To what extent do you agree or disagree? What other measures do you think might be effective?


Over the last few years, global issues such as traffic and pollution have received a great deal of attention from the public. Some believe that the best way to cope with the aforementioned problems is to rise petrol’s price. Personally, I am against the idea of adjusting gasoline’s price, and I strongly believe that there are other effective methods to tackle the problems.

On the one hand, there are several reasons why increasing petrol’s price would not ameliorate the situation. First and foremost, despite the price adjustment in recent years, the number of car drivers and motorcyclists does not seem to decrease. This is due to a fact that the need to drive of people nowadays is extremely high and they would eventually tolerate that reality; therefore, it is impossible to reduce traffic congestion and prevent pollution by applying this method. For example, the news of gasoline’s price soaring has caused a stir among Vietnamese people; however, there is no significant difference compared to the past in terms of the number of drivers.

On the other hand, there are a variety of alternatives to tackle this issue. Firstly, renewable and eco-friendly sources of energy should be put in use to lessen the emission of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Moreover, it is the governments’ responsibility to not only raise people’s awareness of the negative consequences of traffic jam in the city, but also encourage the citizens to opt for public transports when commuting so as to mitigate this issue.

To recapitulate briefly, increase in fuel’s price might have no major benefits on both environments and citizens. Therefore, alternative fuels should be the future of the current situation, which might help to reduce traffic and combat pollution issues.



  • a great deal of: nhiều

  • to cope with: đối mặt / đối phó

  • adjust (v): điều chỉnh

  • ameliorate (v): cải thiện

  • alternative (n): sự thay đổi / các lựa chọn (khác)

  • raise people’s awareness of: nâng cao ý thức (của người dân)

  • to opt for: chọn

  • mitigate: giảm nhẹ, làm dịu bớt

  • combat: chiến đấu chống lại (cái gì đó)


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