Present cards extended week in gas rationing; permanent program to go in effect on July 22
The start of permanent gasoline rationing in the east was postponed this week from July 15 to July 22 in order to give motorists an extra week in which to organize car pooling clubs.
The registration of car owners for new rationing crds also was delayed a week. The basic “A” books will be issued July 9, 10 and 11, instead of July 1, 2 and 3 as originally announced.
In order to extend the present emergency plan for the additional week, the Of the use of the war bond seal in the upper lefthand corner of each card for a ration of gasoline.
The purchase value of the seal will vary with the type of card. Holders of “A” cards will be entitled to three gallons to tide them over the interim period; B-1 card holders will be permitted to pur - lons, and B-3 card holders, six gallons.
Filling station attendants will punch the seal as if it were one of the units on the card. All unused units on A and B cards will continue to be good for six gallons.
Price Administrator Leon Henderson explained that car sharing, to make one car do the work of two, had become an integral part of the coupon rationing plan, and OPA desired that every effort be made to form as many such clubs as possible before the registration period.
“Pooling cars for driving to and from work is imperative for two reasons,” Mr. Henderson said. “First, private cars are needed to supplement public transportation, and , second, in view of the petroleum shortage in the east, we must make every gallon of gasoline count. Car clubs, in which four or more persons arrange to ride to and from work together, have therefore been made a requirement for any supplemental rations to be granted under the plan.”