• Short Summary

    Fighting between irate motorists and filling station staff has forced the New Jersey City of Elizabeth to introduce petrol rationing.

  • Description

    Fighting between irate motorists and filling station staff has forced the New Jersey City of Elizabeth to introduce petrol rationing.

    It started at the request of the police who were spending ninety per cent of their time answering calls from service stations that were forced to close early because of fuel shortages. According to Police Director Joe Brennan, things get so bad, that when filling stations wanted to close, the police had to protect employees from their customers.

    Elizabeth's petrol scarcity is symptomatic of a nationwide problem that has forced the introduction of similar measures in two states -- Hawaii and Oregon. The fuel crisis prompted Federal Energy Chief William Simon to call on motorists to stop 'tank topping'. Too many, he said, were topping up their tanks with a few cents worth of petrol at a time. He asked motorists to purchase at least three dollars worth of fuel each time they get petrol. Once Congress passes emergency legislation authorising the administration to take broad action in dealing with the energy crisis, William Simon will consider making the three dollar minium mandatory.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA560AV59ZWGPIFKK4THUOCSN8H
    Media URN:
    VLVA560AV59ZWGPIFKK4THUOCSN8H
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/02/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:18:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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