22 MAY 1926, Page 16


[To the Editor of the SPECTATOR.]

Sm,—The whole country knows how much it depended during the strike upon the motor vehicle, and among the many miracles of emergency organization we should put on record, I think, the organization of petrol supply. In spite of the in- calculable increase in demand for motor spirit—for every type of vehicle from the twenty-years-old motor-car to the most modern air liner—there was never any difficulty in buying it at the usual prices. The thanks of the motorist, the 'bus pas- senger and everyone who successfully " signalled for a lift ", are due, I think, to those responsible. Deprived of the use of their fleet of thousands of rail tank cars, they brought petrol to the rescue of petrol and moved it by road. And in con- clusion we might add a tribute to the garages and service stations, whose staffs so cheerfully worked day and night to save us from immobility.—I am, Sir, &c.,