The Arab oil war took its toll of Sunday pleasure drivers across Europe on Sunday(25 November), with cars banned from the roads to conserve fuel.
CU INT Police vehicle along road, waving down motorists
CU Police warning light
GV Police checking motorists papers on almost deserted autobahn
CU Lorry TILT DOWN TO Drivers talking
CU Police officer talking on car telephone
GV Vehicles pulling away from roadside
WIPE FROM GERMANY TO English motorway (2 shots)
GV & CU Sign in Garage "2 gallons per car" (2 shots)
GV PAN FROM Deserted road TO Closed garage
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Background: The Arab oil war took its toll of Sunday pleasure drivers across Europe on Sunday(25 November), with cars banned from the roads to conserve fuel.
In Holland, drivers were facing their fourth "car-less" Sunday, while for Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Denmark and West Germany this was their first exposure to driving limitations. Italy is scheduled to begin its ban on Sunday motoring next week and Britain is operating under a voluntary limitation on the extent and speed of travel.
In West Germany the autobahns were virtually deserted as motorists took to public transport in the first of four Sunday bans on driving. Speed limits have also been limited to 100 kilometres per hour (62 mph) on autobahns, and 80 kph (50 mph) on other roads.
While the limitation on Sunday driving in Britain was voluntary, motorists throughout the country seemed to be heeding the government's request to stay at home. There was a big drop in traffic on most roads, except around London, where volume was near normal. Petrol stations also joined the move to conserve petrol by limiting the amount of their sales, or by closing entirely.
SYNOPSIS: West Germany joined the European countries banning pleasure driving on Sunday to conserve fuel. Police were out in force to ensure that only those with special permission were on the road. The ban was observed in generally good spirit, although there were complaint from police and pedestrians that too many exceptions had been granted. But Germany's autobahns were generally deserted.
Lorry traffic was limited to perishable goods only. In addition to the limitations on travel, speed limits were also reduced.
On one road, only fifteen vehicles were counted in an hour where normally two thousand would have passed.
In Britain, the limitation on Sunday driving was voluntary. But even so, motorists throughout the country seemed to be heeding the government's request to stay at home. There was a big drop in traffic on most roads, except around London, where the volume was reported near normal.
Petrol stations joined the move to conserve petrol by limiting the amount of fuel they would sell to any customer.
Some stations even closed entirely, taking advantage of the call for fuel conservation to take an additional day's holiday ... The British Government is hoping that it can voluntarily reduce motoring, and thus avoid the strict enforcement of other European countries.