Bloomberg orders temporary gasoline rationing system [View all]
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has ordered a temporary gasoline-rationing system – starting Friday at 6 a.m. ET – in which people can buy fuel only on certain days in the city, depending on their license plate numbers.
The move, designed to reduce wait times and lines at gas stations in New York City, comes more than a week after Superstorm Sandy damaged petroleum infrastructure in the region and made it difficult for people to get fuel for their vehicles, especially because many gas stations were without power for days.
Under the temporary system, people with odd-numbered license plates can buy fuel only on odd-numbered days, and people with even-numbered vehicles can buy fuel only on even-numbered days, Bloomberg's office said.
Vehicles with licenses plates ending in a letter or other character can buy fuel on odd numbered days. Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses and paratransit vehicles, medical doctor plates and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are exempt, his office said.