Fighting between irate motorists and filling station staff has forced the New Jersey City of Elizabeth to introduce petrol rationing.
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TRANSCRIPT OF INTERVIEW WITH JOE BRENNAN POLICE DIRECTOR OF ELIZABETH, NEW JERSEY.
JOE BRENNAN: 'Two days age, during the day shifts - seven a.m. to three p.m.-we spent literally ninety per cent of our time at service stations and assisting people on lines'.
REPORTER: 'Do you mean people were literally fighting over gasoline?.'
JOE BRENNAN: Absolutely...absolutely. When a service statio wants to close, he calls us. We have to help him close - protect him and get him out of there. That's how bad its getting'.
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INTERVIEWER: JEFF KAYMEN
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Background: 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.