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Odd-Even Gas Rationing Begins Friday

Policy is meant to address continuing gas shortage following Hurricane Sandy.

Ten days after Hurricane Sandy slammed Long Island, a gas rationing system is set to go into effect Friday at 5 a.m., Nassau and Suffolk county officials have announced.

The temporary policy requires gas stations in both counties to sell fuel only to drivers with vehicles bearing license plate numbers that correlate in odd/even terms with the day of the month, according to a press release from Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone's office.  Here are the details from the release:
  • Drivers with license plates ending in an even number will be able to purchase fuel only on even-numbered days and drivers with license plate numbers that end in an odd number will be able to purchase fuel only on odd-numbered days. 
  • License plates such as vanity plates that do not display numbers will be considered odd-numbered plates. 
  • This policy does not apply to commercial vehicles, taxi or limousine fleets or emergency fleets, nor does it apply to hand held gas canisters. 
Friday, being the 9th day of the month, is an odd-numbered day.  “This temporary fuel policy will ease the challenges residents of the bi-county region are experiencing in the aftermath of the storm,” Bellone said “Our citizens travel between Nassau and Suffolk without regard to county borders and it only makes sense that we adopt a regional solution. I thank my counterpart Nassau County Executive [Ed] Mangano for working with me to adopt this policy.”

This story was written by Ryan Bonner.

Carisa Giardino (Editor) November 08, 2012 at 05:41 PM
Do you think this will ease congestion at the pumps? Let us know here, in the comments section.
Jack O'Niel November 08, 2012 at 05:54 PM
This is going to make it worse.

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