Petrol rationing continues to spread to more parts of the world as fuel shortages become more of a reality.
GV AND CU: cars queueing outside petrol station in New York (5 shots)
GV: vehicles filling up with petrol at garage (2 shots)
SV: car driving off
GV: cars queuing for petrol (2 shots)
GV: long line of heavy vehicles driving down highway in South Africa and traffic policeman's motorcycle at edge of road as heavy vehicles drive past. (4 shots)
GV PAN: Australian oil Refining plant PAN TO storage tanks at refinery.
GV: Oil refining plant with cars parked outside. (2 shots)
WILLIAMS: "In New York City the plan had given new meaning to the word confusion. An even numbered day -- the twentieth -- only cars whose licence plates end in an even number -- two, four six eight or zero should be in line. Out-of-States must follow the same rules as New Yorkers, even if they're from Texas. There are some exceptions to the rule. Taxis can get gas whenever they like, or ambulances or tractor-trailers for long-haul trucks, or farm machinery. But this man was allowed in -- he said he was exempt because he had a commercial plate. So, simple odd-even gas allocation is not so simple and those long gas lines are no shorter as a result yet. If this day went smoothly it was because most gas stations attendants did not enforce the letter of the new law or was it the number? Mary Alice William, NBC News, New York."
REPORTER: MARY ALICE WILLIAMS
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Background: Petrol rationing continues to spread to more parts of the world as fuel shortages become more of a reality. In the United States, many ares on the eastern seaboard have introduced conservation measures, similar to those which have been operating for a huge convoy to drive from Johannesburg to Cape Town to protest at Government fuel-saving measures. In Australia, most of the petrol stations in New South Wales have run dry. There the shortage has been aggravated because of a strike by refinery workers. First, a report from Mary Alice Williams of NBC News.
SYNOPSIS: In South Africa, long distance hauliers are also protesting at a Government decision introduced in an effort to save diesel fuel. The Government is withdrawing the road haulage permits of nearly ninety percent of the country's independent truckers. The men and their machines gathered in Johannesburg on Wednesday (20 June) to drive the one thousand five hundred kilometres (900 miles) to Cape Town to publicise their plight. The whole trip cost the Johannesburg owners about eight hundred dollars (four hundred pounds sterling) although these truckers who joined along the way would be using less fuel. The organisers -- an ad hoc group of independent hauliers -- said they hoped the line of trucks would stretch for at least five kilometres (over three miles) by the time the convoy reached Cape Town.
In Australia, the disruptions to consumers, caused by shortage of fuel, has been aggravated by widespread industrial action. In New South Wales petrol rationing has been introduced because of a strike by refinery workers. It is also modelled on the odd-even system with exemptions for essential services. In other States unions called a twenty four hour protest stoppage at the arrest of ten union officials in Western Australia.
But in Sydney and other cities in New South Wales it is the first time since the second world war that petrol rationing has been introduced. On the first day, the streets in the centre of Sydney were reported to be very quiet and public transport operators said the numbers of passengers had rise by twenty five percent. Before rationing was introduced four-fifths of the states' petrol stations had run dry.