Belgium's horsemen, cyclists and pedestrians came into their own on Sunday (November 18) when Belgium joined Holland in banning Sunday motoring in an effort to conserve petrol reserves.
SV Ostend Antwerp road.
GV Brussels Square.
SV Idle petrol pumps
GV's Deserted streets in Brussels (3 shots)
SV People riding horses through street.
SV's People on bicycles
Man in pony and trap
LV People on horses in full riding clothes.
CU Rider drinks beer.
GV Riders in front of building.
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Background: Belgium's horsemen, cyclists and pedestrians came into their own on Sunday (November 18) when Belgium joined Holland in banning Sunday motoring in an effort to conserve petrol reserves.
Dozens of horse riders braved the streets of central Brussels for the first time in years and only a few drivers risked heavy fines and possible prison sentences by breaking the 24-hour ban, which began at 3 a.m. on Sunday.
By noon only 42 drivers had been caught. Most were ordered to leave their cars on the spot and had their ignition keys confiscated for the duration of the ban.
And in the first eight hours of the ban only five road accidents were reported. The country's average weekend total of accidents causing injury is 339.
The ban was for the one Sunday only, but observers feel the Government could follow Holland's example and extend it to subsequent Sundays.
SYNOPSIS: Deserted roads in belgium as the Government banned Sunday motoring to conserve fuel supplies. And the heart of Brussels was traffic free.
The driving ban took effect at three a.m. and only a handful of drivers risked heavy fines and possible prison sentences by ignoring it.
Dozens of horsemen rode along City centre streets for the first time in years.
And bicycles were an even more popular way of managing to live without the motor car.
An occasional pony and trap and horse drawn carriage were even pressed into service.
The ban was for one day only - but observers believe the Belgian Government may follow Holland's example and extend it to subsequent Sundays while the fuel crisis continues.