Nassau and Suffolk counties are set to announce they are imposing “odd-even” gasoline rationing beginning Friday to ease congestion and frustration at filling stations.
The counties will join with New York City to impose the new system, in the wake of a shortage that began after superstorm Sandy hit the region.
New York had resisted imposing rationing even though next door, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has used it successfully to reduce motorists’ frustration.
Under the New Jersey system, vehicles with license plates ending in odd numbers can buy gas on odd-numbered days; even-numbered plates can buy on even-numbered days.
The policy does not apply to commercial vehicles, taxi or limousine fleets or emergency fleets, nor does it apply to hand held gas canisters.
“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.”
At a news conference earlier Thursday, Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo indicated such decisions were up to counties. Meanwhile, frustrated Long Islanders are speaking up about wanting Cuomo and government officials to do more on the gasoline shortage.