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Gas Rationing, 1942

From The Chatsworth Times
May 7, 1941

Gas Registration Set for
May 12-14
Motorists to Be Limited to
2 ½ to 6 Gallons, Reports Say

Everybody who owns an automobile will have to register on next Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday, May 12, 13, and 14, if they expect to be able to buy gas and keep the old buggy running any at all.

Although instructions for the registration have not been received by local officials, radio and press reports indicate that the registration will be held at the schools just as the sugar rationing registration was held last week.

The application and cards have been received here, but not instructions as to conducting the registration. But it would be wise for all car-owning Murray countians to go to the nearest schoolhouse, preferably on the first day–Tuesday–and get themselves in position to buy gas.

The only thing necessary when you register is to present your automobile registration card. Then you will be given a gasoline "meal ticket." This ticket will be good for seven "units" of gasoline, which you can use any time between now and July 1. Every time you buy a "unit" of gasoline your card is punched for that amount.

Nobody knows just how much gasoline will be included in a "unit," but federal officials say it will depend on the supply of gasoline. Press reports Thursday morning said for the average motorist it would range between 2 ½ and 6 gallons per week. Special provisions are made for doctors, war workers, and other special groups.

The important thing is to register on the specified dates, or you won't be able to any amount of gas.

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