New System under Consideration
WASHINGTON, D.C.—Chairman of the eastern congressional gasoline conference, Representative Fred A. Hartley, stated yesterday that an overhaul of the current system of gasoline rationing is being considered by the Office of Price Administration (OPA). Hartley, a Republican from New Jersey, did not claim to have official information, but said he was “…given to understand the Office of Price Administration is now considering it.” Under the “entirely new system,” coupons would be numbered and issued by specialized ration boards called banks. The goal of this system would be to curtail black-market sales of ration coupons. Numbered coupons could be tracked from issuance through use.