• Short Summary

    PETROL RATIONING CAME INTO FORCE IN RHODESIA ON TUESDAY. FAMILY MOTOR CARS WILL NOT BE?

  • Description

    PETROL RATIONING CAME INTO FORCE IN RHODESIA ON TUESDAY. FAMILY MOTOR CARS WILL NOT BE ABLE TO BUY MORE THAN THREE - OR FOUR GALLON OF PETROL A WEEK, DEPENDING ON THE SIZE OF THE VEHICLE. UNTIL A COUPON SYSTEM CAN BE INTRODUCED THE ONUS FOR RATIONING PETROL FALLS ON THE WHOLESALERS AND RETAILERS. AS THE RATIONING CAME INTO FORCE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE CONVERGED ON THE NEW PETROL CONTROL OFFICE IN SALISBURY SEEKING EXEMPTION FROM RATIONING.

    THE RATIONING COMES TWELVE DAYS AFTER THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT ADDED AN OIL EMBARGO TO MEASURES IMPOSED IN AN EFFORT TO BRING DOWN THE REBEL GOVERNMENT OF MR. IAN SMITH.

    AN IMMEDIATE REACTION TO PETROL RATIONING IN RHODESIA WAS A RISE IN THE SALE OF BICYCLES AND LIGHT MOTORCYCLES.

    FOR MOST RHODESIANS THE PETROL RATIONING IS THE FIRST MAJOR BLOW FELT SINCE THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE. MANY OTHER ECONOMIC SANCTIONS HAVE BEEN IMPOSED - BUT THESE WILL NOT BEGIN TO EFFECT THE PEOPLE OF RHODESIA UNTIL WELL INTO THE NEW YEAR. ONLY VERY FEW OF RHODESIA'S FOUR MILLION AFRICANS OWN MOTOR CARS AND THE IMPACT OF THE RATIONING IS EXPECTED TO FALL MOST HEAVILY ON THE WHITE POPULATION.

    SOME ARE EXEMPT FROM THE RATIONING -- AMONG THEM DOCTORS, DIPLOMATS, DISABLED PEOPLE AND GOVERNMENT CORPORATIONS LIKE THE RAILWAYS, THE BROADCASTING CORPORATION, CENTRAL AFRICAN AIRWAYS AND THE CENTRAL AFRICAN POWER CORPORATION. OFFICIALS SAY THAT TOURISTS AND RHODESIANS GOING ABROAD WILL BE ABLE TO GET SUPPLEMENTARY RATIONS. OTHERS WHO CAN PROVE THEY NEED IT WILL ALSO GET EXTRA PETROL -- AND MANY WHO JOINED THE QUEUE IN SALISBURY HAD HOPES OF EXTRA RATIONS.

    MR. IAN SMITH, BEING INTERVIEWED BY AN AMERICAN TELEVISION COMPANY, SAID THAT RHODESIA HAD ENOUGH PETROL AND OIL STOCKS TO LAST SIX MONTHS. HE ADDED THAT HE BELIEVED THE COUNTRY COULD KEEP GOING FOR SIX YEARS BY GETTING SUPPLIES IN DESPITE THE BRITISH EMBARGO.

    (PETROL RATIONING CAME ONTO FORCE IN NEIGHBOURING ZAMBIA ON DECEMBER 23. MOTORISTS THERE ARE ALLOWED AN INITIAL QUOTA OF A GALLON A WEEK. RHODESIA SUSPENDED SUPPLIES OF OIL TO ZAMBIA AS A COUNTER-MEASURE TO BRITAIN'S IMPOSITION OF THE OIL EMBARGO. AN AIRLIFT OF FUEL THROUGH TANZANIA TO ZAMBIA IS IN OPERATION).

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    Film ID:
    VLVABZTIB8WH4KTWS8AVCAXGSVTRE
    Media URN:
    VLVABZTIB8WH4KTWS8AVCAXGSVTRE
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/12/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:47:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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