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TITLE
Motor Fuel Ration Book
EXTERNAL ID
Z_PC_WGORDON3_005_009
PERIOD
1930s; 1940s
SOURCE
W Gordon
ASSET ID
8508
KEYWORDS
motor fuel ration books
ration books
fuel rationing
World War II
Motor Fuel Ration Book

This image shows the inside of the front cover of a motor fuel ration book. In 1939, the British Government announced the rationing of both oil and petrol. Every car owner was issued with a motor fuel ration book and initially, the allowed amount was three gallons of fuel per week. This equated to around 200 miles of motoring per month. As a consequence of petrol shortages people began to make more use of public transport. Car sharing was also popular and those who displayed a poster in their car window, offering lifts, were entitled to an additional fuel allowance. Fuel rationing continued beyond the war years, until restrictions were finally lifted in 1950.

The text on the inside of the cover states that the book contains coupons for the duration of six months. It also instructs the owner to 'keep this book in a safe place, not on the vehicle'.

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Motor Fuel Ration Book

1930s; 1940s

motor fuel ration books; ration books; fuel rationing; World War II

W Gordon

Winnie Gordon (documents)

This image shows the inside of the front cover of a motor fuel ration book. In 1939, the British Government announced the rationing of both oil and petrol. Every car owner was issued with a motor fuel ration book and initially, the allowed amount was three gallons of fuel per week. This equated to around 200 miles of motoring per month. As a consequence of petrol shortages people began to make more use of public transport. Car sharing was also popular and those who displayed a poster in their car window, offering lifts, were entitled to an additional fuel allowance. Fuel rationing continued beyond the war years, until restrictions were finally lifted in 1950.<br /> <br /> The text on the inside of the cover states that the book contains coupons for the duration of six months. It also instructs the owner to 'keep this book in a safe place, not on the vehicle'.