Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced on Sunday that the city has extended its odd-even day gas rationing through Friday.
“The odd-even license plate system has worked well and helped to reduce wait times and lines at the pump,” said Bloomberg. “With 30 percent of gas stations still closed and a major travel week coming, I am extending the successful odd-even system on gas and diesel fuel purchases to ensure we do not risk going back to the extreme lines we saw prior to the system being implemented.”
Gas lines were a problem throughout the city in Hurricane Sandy's immediate aftermath. In many areas, the lines stretched for hours. One station in Forest Hills charged a mandatory car wash fee to fill up. Lines have died down significantly since gas rationing was implemented on Nov. 9, however.
Cars with plates ending in even numbers should fill up on even-numbered days. Cars with plates ending in odd numbers or letters should fill up on odd-numbered days.
Taxis, commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, cars with MD plates and buses are exempt.