The term “fuel rationing” has a certain apocalyptic, Carter-esque connotation. But don’t worry, we’re not doing that here in New York City. Starting tomorrow, the Big Apple and surrounding counties won’t be rationing fuel; they will be implementing their “temporary gasoline management plan” (read: fuel rationing).
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the “temporary gasoline management plan” moments ago and says it’s being put in place to “reduce gas lines in the region.”
“Due to additional fuel supply disruptions caused by the Nor’Easter
which hit the region last night, Nassau and Suffolk Counties and the
City of New York have decided to implement temporary fuel management
measures to reduce lines at retail gasoline stations. The plans are
regionally synchronized and all will have the same rules,” Cuomo says.
“The plans will impose odd-even rules on the purchase of gasoline for
non-commercial vehicles and have been designed in coordination.
Westchester, Rockland, and Orange will not have fuel management measures
at this time. The state will continue to coordinate among local
governments, as well as the federal government, to ensure that the any
fuel management measures are planned and implemented in conjunction with
the Coast Guard, the U.S. Department of Energy and the petroleum
The governor’s office provided the following “background information” on how the “temporary gasoline management plan” will go down:
A partial failure of a terminal served by the Buckeye Pipeline, which
pumps approximately 4.5 million gallons of gas per day into the New
York City and Long Island area, occurred due to power failures late last
night. While power was restored this morning, there was an interruption
in the fuel supply chain to those regions. Fuel supply to the northern
suburbs is largely unaffected by this terminal going off-line.
Under the plans adopted by the counties and the city, odd-even fuel
sales will take effect in Nassau, Suffolk, and the five boroughs of New
York City at 5:00am tomorrow morning (November 9th). The plan will
require gas stations to only sell fuel to drivers with vehicles bearing
license plates that correlate in odd-even terms with the day of the
month. Drivers with license plates ending in an even number will be able
to buy fuel on only even numbered days of each month and drivers with
license plates ending in an odd number will be able to buy fuel on only
odd numbered days of each month. License plates not displaying a number,
such as vanity plates, will be considered odd numbered plates. Out of
state plates will be subject to the same requirements.
The requirement does not apply to filling of fuel cans, commercial
vehicles, taxi or limousine fleets, or emergency fleets, nor does it
apply to hand held gas cans.
The duration of the fuel management plan will be determined by the counties and the City in coordination with New York State.
The “temporary gasoline management plan” starts tomorrow at 5 a.m. So fill up tonight, New York — if you still can.