• Short Summary

    Italy adopted a series of harsh fuel-saving measures on Sunday (2 December), including a Sunday driving ban and the early closing of shops, restaurants and cinemas.

  • Description

    Italy adopted a series of harsh fuel-saving measures on Sunday (2 December), including a Sunday driving ban and the early closing of shops, restaurants and cinemas.

    The restrictions -- the stiffest imposed by any European country since the Arab oil cut-of -- are expected to cause a ???adical change in the daily life-style of millions of Italians.

    Within a few minutes of the driving ban coming into force at midnight on Saturday, streets in Rome were deserted, The government hopes to save 10-million gallons (45-million litres) of petrol on the first Sunday alone.

    The Italian Prime Minister, Signor Mariano Rumor, set the example by walking to work. Cyclists had a field day at such traditionally traffic-clogged points as the Colosseum roundabout.

    Rome's rent-car drivers, staged a protest demonstration against the Sunday driving ban by pushing their cars into the city, watched by riot police.

    Football fans had to rely on public transport to get to the regular Sunday matches. Every available bus and coach was put onto the roads to ferry them to the grounds, but attendance figures were expected to drop considerably.

    The government measures will result in more than saving petrol -- an average of 28 people are killed on Italian roads every Sunday.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADLQY1JGIF26RX46G5RNKN8DYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVADLQY1JGIF26RX46G5RNKN8DYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/12/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:02:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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