More than a week into the gas shortage, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced an emergency order rationing gas to begin Friday morning at 6.
Cars with license plates ending in odd numbers or a letter will be able to purchase gas on odd numbered days; vehicles with plates ending in even numbers can purchase on even numbered days.
Long Island and Westchester have also issued alternate day gas rations.
“This is designed to make sure everyone has a fair chance, that the lines aren’t too oppressive and that we can get through this,” the mayor said.
The announcement comes as Bloomberg said the shortage may continue until Thanksgiving.
Police officers will be at stations to enforce the order, Bloomberg said. Violations are Class B misdemeanors, according to a release from the mayor’s office.
Driver’s frustrations have grown with the lines at gas stations.
“The gasoline shortages remain a real problem for drivers throughout our region,” Bloomberg said.
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie installed a similar rationing plan in the state nearly two weeks ago that significantly cut down on gas lines.
Emergency vehicles, buses, para-transit vehicles, commercial vehicles, taxis and cars with medical license plates are exempt from the order.
As of now, the order will remain in effect for five days.