Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that fuel rationing in New York will be extended until the end of the week.
New York and Long Island resorted to fuel rationing on November 9th, after Hurricane Sandy damaged the US East Coast. Car owners who have a license plate that ends in an odd number can buy gas or diesel only on odd-number days, while those with plates ending in an even number or zero will be able to buy gas or diesel on even-numbered days. The license plates that end in a letter will be considered odd.
“The odd-even license plate system has worked well and helped to reduce wait times and lines at the pump,” the mayor said. “With 30 percent of gas stations still closed and a major travel week coming, I am extending the successful odd-even system on gas and diesel fuel purchases to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented.”
New Jersey ended the system last week, but officials don’t know how long they will keep the system in New York. This was the best solution to cope with fuel shortages after the hurricane and has really helped reduce the long lines for fuel.