May 9, 1942

Eastern Seaboard Gas Is Rationed
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Gasoline on the eastern seaboard will be limited to about two gallons per week per driver under the plan announced yesterday by Leon Henderson, chief of the Office of Price Administration (OPA). The plan will affect nine million motorists and, in practice, ends pleasure driving. It covers the seven weeks from May 15 through July 1 of this year, and Henderson stated harsher restrictions will go into effect after this order expires. He presented the plan to the house interstate committee. Concerning non-essential drivers, Henderson stated “…he is getting a damn sight more than he’s entitled to in view of the situation.” Under the plan, essential vehicles such as trucks, buses, taxis, and tractors will not be limited in gasoline.

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