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double ration PRIVATE MOTORISTS Parliamentary Reporter. WELLINGTON, this day. The monthly allowance of petrol for motorists will be double the face value of the coupons as from August 1 next. Announcing the Government s decision this afternoon, the Minister of Supply, Mr. Sullivan, said that the following amounts would be ava i'-" able for August and subsequent months:

Cars over 14.5 h.p. 8 gallons. Cars over 9.5 and up to 14.5 h.p, 6 gallons. Cars up to 9.5 h.p. 4 gallons.

Motor cycles, 2 gallons. These rations, said the Minister, will place private motorists in New Zealand on a similar al lowance as private motorists in the United kingdom, and should allow for 120 miles' running per month. This should assist to some extent m relieving the overcrowded public transport services, and will enable people to meet trains and ships. "I am more than pleased," added the Minister, "to be able to make this announcement regarding s pine relaxation in the restrictions that have applied to the motoring public in New Zealand. But I must sound a note of warning. The British and U.S. authorities, in agreeing to the proposals, both advised that the oil position in general remains difficult, particularly as regards tankers, and ask that everything possible should be done to procure the exercise of due economy in consumption. They both consider that the necessity for this will continue until the end of the Japanese war. "In addition to the increased allowance for private cars there will be some slight relaxation for_, taxis, Rassenger services and goods services for the purpose of providing more adequate service for the public."

In commenting on the general policy to be followed, the Minister said that all special licenses for four gallons or less per month would be cancelled. However, anyone who felt that he required additional petrol for essential purposes could always apply to the district oil fuel controller and his case would be considered.

"I would like to express my appreciation," said the Minister, "of the way in which the public of New Zealand has accepted these restrictions and would take this opportunity of assuring them that the conservation of both petrol and rubber was of prime importance for the successful prosecution of the war. The New Zealand Government has received a number of cables from the Government of Great Britain expressing thanks for our assistance in this vital matter, and I personally wish to thank all who have cheerfully and loyally helped by observing the spirit as well as the letter of the oil fuel regulations. Things may get difficult again at periods, but motorists may rest assured that the Government will see that the restrictions are further relaxed immediately that is possible."

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MORE PETROL, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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MORE PETROL Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 177, 28 July 1945

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