Category: Society / November 9, 2012 4:21 PM EST
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Thursday ordered the emergency rationing of gasoline due to a severe shortage caused by Superstorm Sandy.
Based on license plates ending in odd or even numbers, drivers will be allowed to buy gasoline on alternating days, based on their license plate
The system, which follows a similar rationing regime implemented in New Jersey last week because of Sandy, began in all of the city's five boroughs and will remain in effect until further notice.
But some New Yorkers doubted the effectiveness of the rule.
"I thought it would help, but I see other cars with even numbered plates in line and they've gotten through, so I don't know if it's really helping. I see a police over there. I don't want to shout him out, but if that's the rule and cops aren't enforcing it, I don't know how much good it's helping. I still waited quite a bit on line so,"
"I think it should be odd in the morning and even in the night. It shouldn't be all day odd or all day even. They should give it half and half,"
Emergency vehicles, buses, taxis and certain other vehicles are exempt from New York City's rationing system.
The region has been hard hit by fuel shortages since Sandy hit ten days ago, due to power outages and inventory that has been stranded at refineries and terminals.