Petrol rationing continues to spread to more parts of the world as fuel shortages become more of a reality.
Petrol rationing continues to spread to more parts of the world as fuel shortages become more of a reality. In the United States, many ares on the eastern seaboard have introduced conservation measures, similar to those which have been operating for a huge convoy to drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town to protest at Government fuel-saving measures. In Australia, most of the petrol stations in New South Wales have run dry. There the shortage has been aggravated because of a strike by refinery workers. First, a report from Mary Alice Williams of NBC News.
SYNOPSIS: In South Africa, long distance hauliers are also protesting at a Government decision introduced in an effort to save diesel fuel. The Government is withdrawing the road haulage permits of nearly ninety percent of the country's independent truckers. The men and their machines gathered in Johannesburg on Wednesday (20 June) to drive the one thousand five hundred kilometres (900 miles) to Cape Town to publicise their plight. The whole trip cost the Johannesburg owners about eight hundred dollars (four hundred pounds sterling) although these truckers who joined along the way would be using less fuel. The organisers -- an ad hoc group of independent hauliers -- said they hoped the line of trucks would stretch for at least five kilometres (over three miles) by the time the convoy reached Cape Town.
In Australia, the disruptions to consumers, caused by shortage of fuel, has been aggravated by widespread industrial action. In New South Wales petrol rationing has been introduced because of a strike by refinery workers. It is also modelled on the odd-even system with exemptions for essential services. In other States unions called a twenty four hour protest stoppage at the arrest of ten union officials in Western Australia.
But in Sydney and other cities in New South Wales it is the first time since the second world war that petrol rationing has been introduced. On the first day, the streets in the centre of Sydney were reported to be very quiet and public transport operators said the numbers of passengers had rise by twenty five percent. Before rationing was introduced four-fifths of the states' petrol stations had run dry.