1970s redux: Odd-even gas rationing to be instituted in Suffolk/Nassau Counties, NYC

Last week, New Jersey governor Chris Christie implemented an odd-even gas rationing system in response to concern about gasoline availability in the wake of Hurricane Sandy:

But the situation there seems to have improved, and the rule may be lifted in the coming days.

Meanwhile, Suffolk and Nassau counties are set to institute rationing of their own, beginning tomorrow morning at 5 a.m.:

Under the system, drivers with license plates ending in an even number, including zero, will be able to purchase fuel only on even-numbered days on the calendar. 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 temporary fuel policy will ease the challenges residents of the bi-county region are experiencing in the aftermath of the storm,” said County Executive Steven Bellone. “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 Mangano for working with me to adopt this policy.”

Mangano said Thursday that “until reliable increased supply is established there are going to be odd-even requirements.

In Suffolk County, out-of-state drivers will be subject to the rules as well.

And New York City will follow suit starting at 6 a.m.:

“This is not a step that we take lightly,” [Mayor Bloomberg] said, “but given the shortage that we will face for the next few weeks and the growing frustrations of New Yorkers, we believe it is the right step.”

“We’ll keep it in for a while,” he said. “You know, if you think about it, it’s no great imposition once you get used to it.

“We have to do something,” the mayor added, “and this is something that is practical and enforceable and understandable, and doing something is much better than doing nothing.”

Plenty of people would beg to differ. The Twitterverse is less than thrilled at the prospect of a return to seventies-style gas rationing:

Of course, some crafty folks might find a way around the restrictions:

But it’s worth noting that those found to be in violation of the rules could face up to three months in jail. Lovely.

From his lips to New York officials’ ears.

  • sb36695

    I suggest you get used to it.

  • FIRE THEM ALL- 2014

    Wouldn’t it be nice if our government did what they are supposed to do and quit doing those things they are not authorized to do by the constitution? The infrastructure is on the list of what they are supposed to do, and it is outdated and unreliable. Although I am not sure what makes it more reliable in both wind and water when it comes to electricity you would think someone would come up with a solution. But imagine the nightmare in these hard hit areas if all the cars were electric rather than gas! At least now you can get gas on alternating days, but if your electricity is out for weeks and your transportation was electric there would be nothing that could fix that.

    We need to quit spending money on feel good projects and start spending it on projects that work.

  • FIRE THEM ALL- 2014

    Wouldn’t it be nice if our government did what they are supposed to do and quit doing those things they are not authorized to do by the constitution? The infrastructure is on the list of what they are supposed to do, and it is outdated and unreliable. Although I am not sure what makes it more reliable in both wind and water when it comes to electricity you would think someone would come up with a solution. But imagine the nightmare in these hard hit areas if all the cars were electric rather than gas! At least now you can get gas on alternating days, but if your electricity is out for weeks and your transportation was electric there would be nothing that could fix that.

    We need to quit spending money on feel good projects and start spending it on projects that work.

  • DBS

    Gas rationing will be temporary like Rent Control?

  • C_W_W

    And, where’s Obama?

    He’s resting up for his next overseas vacation scouting trip…this time he starts in Burma

    More bowing to do there as well in his globetrotting tour of Asia.

  • qweroiuy

    Welcome to Bloomingrad, comrad

  • $1014973

    Wow, that’s terrible. Oh wait, I forgot, I could care less.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jibreelx JKR

    its New York, they will figure it out

  • Streetiebird

    This is obviously Obama’s fault.

    • $270502

      Of course not. It’s Bush’s fault.