Odd / Even Gas Rationing Starts Friday

Starting tomorrow, the last digit of your license plate will determine when you can buy gas.


New York City will establish gas rationing starting Friday to help reduce wait times and long lines at gas stations in the five boroughs.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg signed an emergency order Thursday to establish an odd-even license plate system for gasoline purchases, starting 6 a.m. on Friday. 

The temporary odd-even system will remain in effect until further notice, and will operate as follows:

  • Vehicles with license plates ending in an even number or the number “0” can make purchases of motor fuel on even numbered days.
  • Vehicles with license plates ending in an odd number can make purchases of motor fuel on odd numbered days.
  • Vehicles with licenses plates ending in a letter or other character can make purchases on odd numbered days.
  • Commercial vehicles, emergency vehicles, buses and paratransit vehicles, Medical Doctor (MD) plates and vehicles licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission are exempt.
fit4ufor3rd November 08, 2012 at 09:22 PM
good idea, what the heck took so long?
RockGin November 08, 2012 at 09:28 PM
...And if you have out of states plates in NY, the same rules apply.
Phil Konigsberg November 08, 2012 at 09:29 PM
This will allow motorists to better plan their daily lives who rely on their motor vehicle as a necessity. It will reduce their anxiety in many ways. What it won't solve are the gas stations that have had been fortunate enough to have electricity throughout the storms but have not received the fuel deliveries in order to sell the gas. Can we hear something new regarding the fuel distribution status that is the hang up right now in many areas?
Robert November 08, 2012 at 09:33 PM
too little too late..By now there is no reason... and I mean NO reason that gas is not flowing freely.. there should be several thousand National guard and coast guard tankers driving fuel in every day.. Military tankers should be in the air as well.. the response can no longer be considered adequate, either from local or federal officials..Guiliani was ranting about their lack of real action and what needs to be done to alleviate the fuel shortage a week ago..Bloomberg, Cuomo and Obama are putting on fantastic press conferences with fist pounding and promises and 'real emotion'. They keep telling us what a great job they are doing but there is still more work to be done
Edwin Clancy November 08, 2012 at 09:47 PM
It's about time! Bloomberg & Cuomo didn't want to follow Christe's lead. They had a better plan....blame the Consumer...and..claim the problem was hoarding. Now these two boobs who drive big gas-guzzling SUV's and never stood in a gas line in their lives finally eat crow and say Christie was right all along...a week later. Morons.
Carole G. November 08, 2012 at 09:48 PM
A POO POO Tsunami hits the the Gowanus Canal and other crappy news. http://carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com/2012/11/how-much-infectious-poo-poo-is-in.html
carla davis November 08, 2012 at 09:53 PM
Can someone tellme are zipcars exempt because you have no idea what your plate number is until you pick the car up thanks in advance
Edwin Clancy November 08, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Bad news..Got still follow odd/even rules. Good news...you've got a 50-50 chance.
Jacques Ambron CBR CRB SFR November 08, 2012 at 09:59 PM
How come in New Jersey they got the national guard to help transport gasoline to the pumps and we can't? This is a pitiful lack of action.
Ana M. November 08, 2012 at 10:05 PM
I read somewhere that Marty asked Bloomberg for the National Guard to help out NYPD and Bloomberg said we didn't need it.
Jimmy Jaciello November 08, 2012 at 10:28 PM
Wanna bet the Gas Tankers fill up the Stations without regard to these new rules...and if you've got an odd number...the tankers will fill the stations on even days! So you'll still be stuck without gas day after day. Also double down that these Union Guys Gas Tanker Drivers won't work Sundays or Holidays like Veteran Day on Monday.
say rose November 09, 2012 at 02:04 AM
Can anyone explain why does NJ and CT have al the gas now, and we are so close and no gas, I honestly think its a conspiracy because the Brooklyn battery tunal and queens midtown tunnels are still closed, so imagine if everyone can get easily gas how big the traffic would be, so the city is actually holding back the gas
Mrs. Davis November 09, 2012 at 02:37 AM
NJ and CT have all the gas because they just got power. There were plenty of stations with gas that no one could use because there was no power to the pumps. The NY pumps that always had power or got power early are tapped out.
say rose November 09, 2012 at 04:05 AM
that makes no sense 99 % of gas stations have all the power, there are in areas that never had a power outage in a single home, it just makes no sense, somthing does not smell right,
Carole G. November 09, 2012 at 07:30 AM
Gowanus Canal Flooding Videos during Hurricane Sandy http://carrollgardenspetition.blogspot.com/2012/11/gowanus-canal-flooding-videos-during.html
Geraldine Spinella November 09, 2012 at 02:08 PM
We are obviously not prepared for any serious wide spread emergency situation. It seems that the "government" just learns from each disaster for the next time and everyone just suffers through the present one. The people are doing more to help each other than FEMA or any other group. I still can't get gas. Waited on line for 2 hours on Wed in the the snow storm and the transformers blew up when I was next in line for gas. No electric - no gas pumps. Just ridiculous. 1977 all over again.
Kathryn Evans November 09, 2012 at 03:33 PM
But which Gas Stations even have gas? MOST ARE CLOSED!
Btech November 09, 2012 at 03:41 PM
I'm discouraged that the official order states "Vehicles with license plates ending in an even number or the number “0”..." The number "0" is even, meaning it is already accounted for in the statement about even numbered plates.
David R. Yale November 09, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Brownie -- er, Bloomie, you're doing a heck of a job! We need gas and we need it now. Why didn't you get the National Guard to deliver it? And for the long term, what are you doing to bring subway and light rail service to N.E. Queens so we're not dependent on cars?
Pod November 09, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I'm discouraged that you believe that the absence of a value indicates that there is a value divisible by 2...
Scottilla November 09, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Can you imagine what the people who would benefit from subway service in your area would say if there were actually a plan to build it! Just look at the opposition to building a subway link to LaGuardia Airport! People might USE it, and we can't have that!
Parksloper November 09, 2012 at 09:26 PM
And yet New Yorkers voted in the same incompetent people. So stop complaining.
Robert November 10, 2012 at 02:30 PM
It is really quite shjort sighted and silly to think that we could ever really be prepared for a disaster..You cannot build everything for tyhe worst case and still aford anything.. We need to have good response and follow up. We also need ot expect that these events will take some time to sort out when they occure.. we need to have lower expecxtations (not getting gas because the EM and disaster responders need the fuel and \eveyoojne else should expect to sit home for several weeks doing nothing unbtil things are running again..)
Robert November 10, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Aside from the fact that they are just answering an obvious question before it is asked, Pod is completely correct... Zero or zed is neither odd nor even, it does not exist in this context.. numbers larger than one that end in zero are even because they are divisible by 2..
Robert November 10, 2012 at 02:42 PM
When I was a kid I remember the building of Kings Plaza.. Part of the deal was that they were going to extend the IRT from the Junction on Nostrand and Flatbush down Flatbush all the way down to the new development.. It never happened because the people in the neighborhood protested until the plan disappeared.. No one wants low income people to have free access to their neighborhood.. To many peoples minds the subways do not bring yuppies, they bring crime, housing projects and poverty..Until we fix that dynamic there will always be last minute opposition to these projects.


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