A new gasoline rationing plan that lets motorists fill up every other day is going into effect in New York.
Police will be at gas stations Friday morning to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island. Officials say it was imposed because something had to be done to ease the long waits for fuel, which they say has caused panic-buying and hoarding.
A nor'easter that knocked out power to hundreds of thousands of new people- mostly in New York and New Jersey - also has erased some of the progress made by utility crews. Some people, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo, have lost patience and are demanding investigations of utilities they say aren't working fast enough.
The temporary odd-even system will remain in effect until further notice, and will operate as follows:
- Vehicles with license plates ending in an even number purchase fuel on even numbered days.
- Vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number purchase fuel on odd numbered days.
- Vehicles with licenses plates ending in letters will be deemed as odd numbered plates and can make purchases on odd numbered days.
- Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses and paratransit vehicles, Medical Doctor (MD) plates and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and limousine Commission are exempt.
- The use of legal walk-up fuel containers by individuals is not affected by the executive order.