• Short Summary

    RHODESIA'S BREAK-AWAY GOVERNMENT CLAMPED DOWN ON PETROL USERS THIS WEEK AS THE OIL EMBARGO IMPOSED ON HER BY BRITAIN AND OTHER NATIONS BEGAN TO HAVE ITS EFFECTS.

  • Description

    RHODESIA'S BREAK-AWAY GOVERNMENT CLAMPED DOWN ON PETROL USERS THIS WEEK AS THE OIL EMBARGO IMPOSED ON HER BY BRITAIN AND OTHER NATIONS BEGAN TO HAVE ITS EFFECTS. ALMOST AT ONCE, THE CAPITAL CITY OF SALISBURY'S USUALLY BUSY STREETS QUIETENED AS CARS AND OTHER MOTOR VEHICLES WERE LEFT AT HOME.

    BRITAIN IMPOSED HER OIL EMBARGO ON THE COUNTRY IN MID-DECEMBER. THE WHITE-MINORITY GOVERNMENT, WHO SEIZED INDEPENDENCE IN NOVEMBER, DID NOT IMPOSE RATIONING AT ONCE, BUT WAITED UNTIL 29 DECEMBER BEFORE ORDERING A RESTRICTION OF PETROL TO THREE OR FOUR GALLONS PER WEEK, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE VEHICLE. ONLY THOSE WHO COULD PROVE ESSENTIAL NEED QUALIFIED FOR MORE.

    THIS WEEK (4 JANUARY), MR. IAN SMITH'S GOVERNMENT BROUGHT MORE RIGID RATIONING, CUTTING ISSUES TO COMMERCIAL USERS AND OTHER PEOPLE BUYING PETROL IN BULK, INCLUDING FARMERS, BY 50 PER CENT.

    RATIONING EXEMPTION FOR DIPLOMATS ENDED AT THE SAME TIME.

    THE RESULT HAS BEEN THAT PEOPLE IN SALISBURY HAVE BEEN FORCED TO FIND ALTERNATIVE MEANS OF TRANSPORT. BICYCLE SALES HAVE SOARED. MR. SMITH HIMSELF WAS SEEN OUT ON A BICYCLE.

    CITY STREETS, USUALLY BUSY WITH MOTOR TRAFFIC, SUDDENLY HAVE BECOME QUIET AS DRIVERS ARE FORCED TO CONSERVE THEIR PETROL FOR ESSENTIAL RUNS ONLY. CAR PARKS, USUALLY CROWDED, AS IN MOST CITIES, ARE EMPTY AND TAKINGS AT PARKING METERS HAVE SLUMPED.

    HOUSEWIVES WHO HABITUALLY SHOP SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK ARE STAYING AT HOME WITH THE FAMILY CARS AND DOING THEIR SHOPPING ONCE A WEEK ONLY.

    BUSINESSMEN ARE POOLING THEIR VEHICLE RESOURCES AND MAKING TRIPS IN GROUPS. AND, WEEK-END COUNTRY TRIPS OUT OF THE CITY HAVE HAD TO BE SUSPENDED.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA966T8T1M51M0TD6YNYDVJVCVG
    Media URN:
    VLVA966T8T1M51M0TD6YNYDVJVCVG
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:42:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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