New York City, Long Island will ration gas (+video)
To cut waits and hoarding, New York City's Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Jersey's Governor have announced rationing plans. Only one quarter of New York City's gas stations are open, according to Bloomberg. He calls the rationing plan 'practical and enforceable.'
Police will be at gas stations Friday morning to enforce the new system in New York City and on Long Island.Gas will be available to drivers with license-plate numbers ending in an odd number or a letter on Friday. On Saturday, drivers with license plates that end in even numbers or zero can fuel up.
"It'll be bad. How am I going to get my jobs done?" said Parris Hancock, a driver for a Manhattan catering company who makes deliveries from morning to night. "I'll have to get up at 4 a.m. and just keep going back for gas and waiting in long lines."
Officials said something had to be done to ease the long waits for fuel, which they say has caused panic-buying and hoarding.
"This is designed to let everybody have a fair chance, so the lines aren't too oppressive and that we can get through this," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.