In Yugoslavia the government, in common with about half of its West European counter-parts, is trying to cut down the amount of oil it imports.
GV PAN & SV Empty petrol station and attendant in Ljublijana (3 shots)
GV PAN FROM Parking sign TO stationary cars in car park with registration number plates finishing in odd numbers (2 shots)
GV Cyclists passing on street
GV Solitary car along road
GV Solitary cyclist down street
SV Cars along street -- all with even numbers at end of registration plate numbers (2 shots)
GV Cyclists along country road with solitary car passing
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Background: In Yugoslavia the government, in common with about half of its West European counter-parts, is trying to cut down the amount of oil it imports.
SYNOPSIS: Many ways of cutting energy consumption are voluntary. In Yugoslavia, the government has introduced measures which are quite complicated. It is based on a method that has been used before -- odd and even numbered registration plates. Half the cars are banned from the roads on six days a month -- the other half on another six days. The days they're banned depends on the final number, odd or even.
New speed limits have also been imposed, but these don't affect cyclists, who have taken advantage of the car-less days. There's also a limit for trucks and buses on the number of miles (kilometres) they can travel in a day.
Though buses and trucks are limited to 200 kilometres (120 miles) a day, emergency services, tourists, taxis and journalists don't have to comply with the restrictions. The price of petrol in Yugoslavia has risen by forty per cent since last November -- part of the government's aim to reduce oil imports. They hope that the new measures will cut imports, at present around ten million tonnes a year, by a further half million tonnes.