April 1, 2013
Petrol rationing coupons were in use throughout WW2 and for a time afterwards and again during the Suez Crisis. There have been a few times in the last decade when we have teetered on the brink of a petrol shortage/crisis. In 1973 we came so close that all vehicles were issued with ration books. The 3 day week ended and the crisis died down somewhat so the ration books were never actually used. Supplies of oil continued to arrive although the price of petrol had quadrupled in a very short space of time. Although there was a hung parliament and two general elections, strikes, inflation and economic instability my memories of the politics of 1973-1974 aren’t as vivid as the memories of the fun things I was doing at that time.
PS: This one is only for the anoraks. It is a totally bizarre assortment of airchecks from the radio from January, June and Autumn 1973.