The Her­ald

75 years ago

The Herald (Zimbabwe) - - Leader & Com­ment -

SAL­IS­BURY, 13 Jan­uary 1941. — The Sal­is­bury motoring pub­lic has be­come “pan­icky” over the petrol po­si­tion and many are buy­ing petrol which in nor­mal times they would not buy.

This is the con­sen­sus of opin­ion of garage own­ers, who found yes­ter­day that in many cases they had sold out their day’s quota by the mid­dle of the morn­ing.

The Gov­ern­ment view, as ex­pressed by the Min­is­ter of Sup­ply, Cap­tain F E Har­ris, is that the de­sired re­stric­tion of sup­plies by 25 per­cent is be­ing achieved and that it is not the Gov­ern­ment’s task to en­ter into mi­nor de­tails of dis­tri­bu­tion by the garage own­ers.

The Min­is­ter be­lieved that the dif­fi­cul­ties would soon be over­come when the pub­lic set­tled down to the idea.

Most garages yes­ter­day were sold out by 11am. One garage owner said that in his opin­ion the pub­lic was mak­ing lit­tle at­tempt to con­serve petrol and he cited cases of week­end trip­pers who went from one garage to an­other un­til their car tanks were full.

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