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Oh Happy Days (Part 3)

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Mary Cooper (nee Bell)
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Oxfordshire (England)
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Civilian Force
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14 November 2005

Oxfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee Driving Permit.

This story was submitted to the People’s War site by Bill Ross of the ‘Action Desk — Sheffield’ Team on behalf of Mary Cooper, and has been added to the site with her permission. Mrs. Cooper fully understands the site's terms and conditions.


Earlier parts to this story are at:
A4431575 Oh Happy Days (Part One)

A4431638 Oh Happy Days (Part Two

The above photo is of a Driving Licence issued by the Oxfordshire War Agricultural Executive Committee.

The text is as follows and is as "warts 'n' all", as originally printed (note the spelling mistake in clause 5):

Drivers Authority.
Must always be carried when driving any vehicle of the committee's.

May only be drawn from the following garages.
Bates, Cowley Road, Oxford.
Griffiths, Stone, Aylesbury.
E.H. Sumptier, Southcombe Garage, Chipping Norton.
Durrants, Garage. Kidlington.
Youngs, Service Garage, Banbury.


Drivers must obtain the following.
1 Witnesses.
2 Exact location, time and date.
3 Position of vehicles concerned.
4 Report all accidents on forms provided within 24 hours.
5 Report accidents to Police immediately.

The following constitutes on offence under the O.W.A.E.C. Regulations.
1 To use a vehicle after 7 p.m. or before 7 a.m. or on a Sunday, unless special authority has been granted.

2 Utmost economy must be observed in the use of petrol and unnecessary journeys must not be made.

3 On no account shall speed exceed 30 miles per hour and on farm roads extra care must be exercised

4 To run a vehicle with incorrect tyre pressure.

5 To break violently or drive in such a manner to cause unnecessary wear to tyres.

6 The above offences are punishable by instant dismissal and prosecution.

Crown vehicle exempt under Part 2 Road Traffic Act, 1930 - 34.


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