Nov. 8, 2012 at 5:03 PM ET
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg and officials in the Long Island counties of Nassau and Suffolk will begin an odd-gas rationing plan at 6 a.m. Friday to ease persistent gasoline shortages in the wake of storm Sandy.
The plan means that gasoline will be available to drivers with licenses plate numbers ending in an odd number Friday, which is Nov. 9.
Saturday will begin days for gas services for drivers with plate numbers ending in an even number.
Bloomberg said only 25 percent of the city's gas stations are open at today's briefing, estimating the shortage could last another few weeks.
“Last week’s storm hit the fuel network hard – and knocked out critical infrastructure needed to distribute gasoline,” he said.
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“Even as the region’s petroleum infrastructure slowly returns to normal, the gasoline supply remains a real problem for thousands of New York drivers," Bloomberg said. He added that this is the best way to cut down the lines and help customers buy gas faster.
The Mayor's office said the temporary odd-even system will remain in effect until further notice. Emergency vehicles, commercial vehicles, buses, vehicles licensed by the Taxi and Limousine Commission, and medical doctor plates are exempt.
Information from the Associated Press was included in this report.