HC Deb 25 March 1942 vol 378 c2018W
Major Lyons

asked the Secretary of State for Air what steps he has taken to ensure proper economy in the use of petrol, oil and tyres, in respect of all road vehicles owned, used, or operated by the Royal Air Force at home?

Sir A. Sinclair

Regulations are in force throughout the Royal Air Force enjoining the strictest economy in the use by mechanical transport of petrol and oil and specifying the measures which are to be taken for ensuring that consumption is kept to the lowest practicable level. Thus, the use of mechanical transport is forbidden where adequate public transport services are available; and where the use of Service transport is unavoidable, vehicles of the lowest power suitable for the work in hand are to be employed. Runs are to be co-ordinated as far as possible in order to obviate unnecessary journeys. Instructions have also been issued in regard to the conservation of tyres. These deal with such matters as care and maintenance, retreading and the technique of economical driving. The whole subject is under constant review.