April 25, 1942

Down to 50 Per Cent May 1
WASHINGTON, D.C.—The gasoline supply on the East Coast, already down to seventy per cent of normal, will likely be further cut to fifty per cent of normal on May 1, governmental sources reported yesterday. If implemented, this reduction would mean an average of six gallons of gas per week for non-essential driving. Sources also indicated the reduction may, in actuality, be greater, depending on the demand presented by essential driving, which will remain fully supplied. A card-based rationing program will be implemented May 15. The reduction in supply would remain in effect until the rationing program is launched. The weekly or monthly allotment under the ration-card system has yet to be determined and will be based on the current supply situation closer to the implementation date.

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