22 Police J. 280 (1949)
Motor Spirit (Regulation) Act, 1948, The; Mills, T.O.

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The Motor Spirit (Regulation) Act, 1948
By INSPECTOR T. 0. MILLS
Huntingdonshire Constabulary
AS a result of the deliberations by and the recommendation of the
Russell Vick Committee, the Motor Spirit (Regulation) Act, 1948,
was passed and came into operation on June ist, 1948.
The Act undoubtedly is primarily to prevent 'Black Market'
trading and to ensure the saving of petrol, and as a weapon for this it
introduces 'Commercial petrol,' colloquially termed 'Red petrol,'
which is simply any motor spirit with diphenylamine and a red dye
added. The unlawful use of Red petrol by a private motorist may lead
him into serious trouble and debar him of the joys of motoring for
twelve months; an offence by a retailer of motor spirit may result in
the closing of his trade for a similar period.
Not only does the Act impose drastic penalties on the would-be
offenders: it imposes yet another duty on the Police, and it is with
respect to this aspect that it is proposed here to deal.
It is not the intention of the writer to quote each section of the Act
in full, but only to comment on the points which it is thought will be
of assistance to police officers carrying out their duties under the Act;
nor is it intended to quote any legal matter or touch on the question
of the actual procedure for the institution of legal proceedings under
the Act, as for the time being proceedings will be mostly undertaken
by the Treasury Solicitor's Office.
There are sixteen sections in the Act, but the most common offences
with which police officers will have to deal are those under Section i,
Section z and Section 3 (2).
By Retailers: Offences created by section I of the Act are (a) supply-
ing petrol from a pump not marked 'Private' or ' Commercial', (b)
having commercial petrol in a pump which is not marked ' Commer-
cial,' and (c) supplying commercial petrol into the tank of a private
motor vehicle.
By Motorists: Section ? (I): Owner and person in charge of a
private motor vehicle having commercial petrol in the tank of private
motor vehicle.

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