When roads were deserted

A lone car on the streets of Worksop in 1967.
A lone car on the streets of Worksop in 1967.
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THIS almost traffic free view of the North Ring Road at Worksop was taken in January 1967.

Between 1960 and 1970 annual sales of new cars rose from between 820,000 to 1,127,000 but they were still out of the range of most people, for as well as paying for the car, the customer also had to pay the Government purchase tax at around 36 per cent. The first Japanese imports arrived in 1965, but the numbers were small and considered to be of no consequence by British motor manufacturers. Over the years cars have become increasingly popular and today we have approximately 600 million passenger cars worldwide which is roughly one car per 11 people.