Petrol rationing books were issued to the first batch of Britain's sixteen million motorists on Thursday (29th November).
GV PAN London Street to Post Office with Policeman on duty (2 shots)
GV PAN & SV PAN People queue at counter (2 shots)
SCU PAN and CU Log Book being stamped and coupons hand out (2 shots)
SV People at home listening to televised appeal (2 shots)
GVs and CUs closed petrol stations and signs (5 shots)
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Background: Petrol rationing books were issued to the first batch of Britain's sixteen million motorists on Thursday (29th November).
Although the books are only precautionary measure in case rationing should become necessary, appeals have been made to save petrol. Garages have been running short.
Post Office employees were issuing the books to those with names beginning with an 'A' or a 'B' on Thursday. There had been bitter complaints from the Post Office because this was their busiest day when old people collect their pensions. By mid-morning large queues had formed. The distribution programme is costing about half a million pounds (two hundred thousand dollars).
At the same time the government has launched a series of appeals to the public to save petrol by cutting out Sunday driving and going slowly. Garages have already been running out of supplies as the ten per cent cut in oil deliveries ordered by the government begins to take effect.
Rather more encouraging news from the Saudi Arabian Oil Minister, Sheikh Ahmed Yamani, and the Algerian Industry Minister Belaid Addessalem who are in the United Kingdom to discuss the oil situation with Prime Minister Heath. At a news conference, they said that the Arab oil embargo was not intended to hurt the United Kingdom in any way.