Present cards ex­tended week in gas ra­tioning; per­ma­nent pro­gram to go in ef­fect on July 22

The Covington News - - THE WIRE -

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.”

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