On the last day before petrol rationing in the Netherlands which began on Saturday (12 January), there was a rush by motorists to fill up their tanks.
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Background: On the last day before petrol rationing in the Netherlands which began on Saturday (12 January), there was a rush by motorists to fill up their tanks. There were plenty of The long queues of cars that other western countries -- notably Britain -- experienced recently.
The rationing of petrol came into effect at midnight, and from than on each motorist was limited to 15 litres (3.3 gallons) of petrol a week per car. At the same time the ban on Sunday driving was abolished. People using the car for professional purposes can apply for extra allowances if they can prove necessity.
Rationing has been made necessary because of the oil embargo by the Arab oil producing countries. Holland is one of the few countries in Europe to suffer the full impact of the embargo.
However, some Dutch newspapers and other observers have expressed the opinion that the measures taken by the Government to conserve fuel are too severe. They claim that there are adequate stocks of fuel and supplies are improving.
This point of view gained some impetus on Tuesday night when the Minister for Economic Affairs, Mr. Rudi Lubbers, said that it now appeared that petrol consumption need only be reduced by twenty per cent and not thirty per cent as originally envisaged.