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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