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Avoiding carless days

Avoiding carless days

Responding to a sharp rise in oil prices in 1979, the government first banned weekend petrol sales and then introduced carless days. Car owners had to nominate a day on which they would not use their car, and were given a sticker to attach to the windscreen. Those who owned more than one car could easily avoid carless days, and this, along with the exemptions available, meant the scheme was ineffective. It was in place for less than a year, and produced a very small drop in petrol use. The ban on weekend petrol sales lasted for 18 months.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Megan Cook, 'Energy supply and use - Oil storage and distribution', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/cartoon/21427/avoiding-carless-days (accessed 3 August 2020)

Story by Megan Cook, published 11 Mar 2010