Car pools seem an obvious way to beat the fuel shortage and save money, but in the United States the idea has been slow to catch on.
GV Commuters travelling by car along freeways (3 shots)
SV woman joining friend in car at pooling park
CU woman motorist speaking
GV & CU cars parked in peeling park (2 shots) at sunrise
SV Pool organiser and reporter cross half empty Parking lot
CU sign "Nassau County car pool"
LV women drivers beside cars
CU pool organiser speaking
"One-and-a-half-million people live in Nassau County on New York's Long Island and every morning it seems half of them jump into their cars heading for work in the city. About sixty days ago Nassau County officials began encouraging residents to save gas by joining car pools. Thus far, it seems that virtually no one has been responding. At seven forty-five a.m. we filmed this young woman as she parked her car in this Nassau County car pool staging area to join a friend for a ride to work".
"This way I only fill up once a week. When I drove alone I used to have to fill up two, three times a week".
"What about your life style. Has it be changed by having to car pool. Do you have to get up early?.
"No, no, we would have to leave this ti??? anyway. The thing that has changed my life is this day-light saving drive. It's awful meeting in the dark".
"As the sun broke through, we get a better look at the staging area, and spoke with Nassau County carpool organic George Dekar. Returned from meetings in Washington with Vice President Ford and Energy Chief Semens, Dekar was convinced the price of gasoline will continue to rise and gas will become harder to find. Dekar spoke about his car pooling campaign, which has thus far failed to draw large participation"
"I think if there's a little more squeeze on the pocket book, if gasoline becomes a little scarcer, if it becomes more expensive you've got to provide more pools.
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Background: Car pools seem an obvious way to beat the fuel shortage and save money, but in the United States the idea has been slow to catch on. Nassau County, a suburb of New York, has given the idea its first official boost by introducing a scheme to make car-pooling easy for thousands who drive to downtown New York to work each day.
But in the nine weeks the scheme has been operating, few people have responded. The staging areas set aside by the Council as meeting places for motorists, are patronised by only a few people. The rest prefer to continue to drive along the freeways alone.
George Dekar, the County carpool organiser, is not daunted by the lack of enthusiasm shown by motorists. He argues that as fuel prices rise, necessity will eventually force people to share their cars.
A transcript of the commentary and interviews which accompany this film is provided alongside the shotlist.