Gas Rationing to Begin Saturday, Nov. 3

License plates ending in an odd number can get gas on odd numbered days of the month, while plates ending in an even number can get gas on even numbered days of the month.

A system of gas dispensation is to begin Saturday, Nov. 3 to combat long lines at the pump in 12 counties throughout the state.

According to a release from the Governor's Office, citizens of the following counties are now limited on the days in which they can fill up their gas tanks, as per the state Office of Emergency Management: Bergen, Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Middlesex, Morris, Monmouth, Passaic, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.

According to the state, plates containing an even number as their final numerical digit can fill up on even numbered days of the month, while plates containing an odd number as their final numerical digit can fill up on odd numbered days of the month.

The number to look for is the final numerical digit contained in the plate number, whether it is the final character on the plate or not, according to the governor's office.

So, for example, a theoretical plate number of "MVM 48Q" would have "8" as its final numerical digit, and would be permitted to fill up on an even day.

Specialized or vanity plates, those not displaying any numbers, will be considered odd numbered plates, the release said.

"Only in cases where there are no numbers and only letters is the plate counted as an odd number," said Kevin Roberts of Gov. Chris Christie's press office in an email to New Brunswick Patch.

This system does not apply to gas cans, such as those for generators, at this time, according to a spokesman from the governor's office.

This system is to begin at noon, Saturday, Nov. 3.

This dispensation system will remain in effect as long as the limited states of energy emergency declared by the state in those counties, the release said.

"With the challenges we face in the storm’s aftermath, we will be vigilant in enforcing this odd-even system, as we ease the stresses on the system," said Attorney General Jeffery S. Chiesa, in a prepared statement. "I encourage all New Jerseyans to abide by this system – motorists and retail dealers alike – to ease wait times and improve access for everyone. Those who choose to disregard this order will be prosecuted to the fullest extent permitted under the Governor’s state of emergency authority."

John Hayes November 03, 2012 at 11:25 AM
So how much of a gas shortage and how much mass hysteria?
rfm November 03, 2012 at 12:13 PM
That's not accurate. As of now, you can fill gas cans any day.
mamaBrick November 03, 2012 at 12:29 PM
I think no ocean Cnty. becauses we one of the hardest hit... Still many areas without power .. to tell us we cant get Gas on top of everything else we are dealing with is like putting salt on a wound ( kind of like what this next sstorm is going to do to us)
nikki seymore November 03, 2012 at 12:46 PM
Look if u don't see ur county listed it the rotation does not apply to u.. I just know I can drive to a county not listed and get gas instead of dealing with all this foolishness... Power is out ppl are getting sick and the gov is doing what ever he thinks is working like he has all the answers.. when we are the one suffering out here he is not at all.. so its what ever but for those ppl who keep asking the same questions read read.. u suffer from the lack of knowledge becuz u don't read..
whatever41 November 03, 2012 at 01:06 PM
I don't understand how they can exempt the gas can refills , people be still have to get in line whether odd or even #'s, so what's the point????
Pamela Baur November 03, 2012 at 01:08 PM
vanity plates and plates without numbers are considered odd.
Victorianna omg IAME who will UB? November 03, 2012 at 01:27 PM
Guys read the entire article its all explianed very well. Cans and containers csn br filled anytime so its better to fill car snd cans sametime. Even top car off if needed. Ocean lines arent 3 hrs long. Its beeing done to help us. The Gov. Is doing the best he can he id keeping us informed and i think everyone who came to help us are doing the best they can.
LBS November 03, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Read an article on the restrictions at northjersey.com. One small tweak to what is written above about filling gas cans. Their article stated customers walking can fill gas cans on any day. The above article does not mention the "walking" part.
Lisa annlnuss36 November 03, 2012 at 01:59 PM
Y not ocean and Atlantic????
Sandeep November 03, 2012 at 02:35 PM
some people too lazy to read, easier to just ask
Renee dantuono November 03, 2012 at 02:48 PM
Hey I lived though the 70s the odd even thing didn't get rid of gas lines at the pumps there were still lines it just dosnt work watch and see.people will show up for gas on there special day weather ther have 1/2 a 1/4 ,3/4 or just need $3.00 worth of gas. So the lines will still be there.
Vladimir November 03, 2012 at 02:58 PM
Sounds like communism, food vouchers are next. Bathrooms, days out in public, keep giving the government power to dictate when, what and where!!!!!! Why I left Russia!!!!
whatever41 November 03, 2012 at 03:04 PM
You can return,,, see how that works out for ya!
Vladimir November 03, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Bill of rights and freedom of speech, stop giving away rights! Trust me, I know what it's like to have none. Don't be fooled by government it's how dictators get power. Soon we will be told what days and times you can go out in public.
Teddy November 03, 2012 at 03:12 PM
if it ends in a letter or is a vanity plate - it is considered an ODD number.
Teddy November 03, 2012 at 03:14 PM
It's only the counties listed. Ocean is not one of them unfortunately for me:(
Mr. Ray November 03, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Everyone, read the article, go to the State website if your not clear on the details. All your questions are answered. Stop whining and complaining about the governor, it solves nothing. We're all dealing with this, so suck it up. Lend a helping hand, take only the gas you need. If this is the toughest thing you have to deal with in your life, I think you'll be okay. How many times have you all waited in line for smaller, more insignificant things? Get a grip !!
BobM November 03, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Hopefully by mid-month this will ease up a little bit, by then everyone should have power back and the refineries will be running again. It worked in 1974 and again in 1979 and should again now.
gam November 03, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Oh dear God! To think some of these people will reproduce!
Dharmil Patel November 03, 2012 at 05:10 PM
What if my license plate is not of new jersey???
George F November 03, 2012 at 06:35 PM
VERY GOOD POINT, LBS. i drove up with cans and they would not let me fill up (at first) . Eventually I complained enouh that they let me fill the cans. But this was at 12:45pm, so they were probably a little more leanant. I can definitely see this getting ugly, though!!,
Victorianna omg IAME who will UB? November 03, 2012 at 08:57 PM
Guys if you read the article well it explains all your questions. Cans and containers aren't included in this. You can fill those anytime. But it would make more sense to fill them when u fill the car. There is no restriction in ocean because the lines aren't that long 2-3 hrs wait like the othet counties.
Dentss Dunnagun November 03, 2012 at 09:01 PM
the real point is it will cut down on long lines
Victorianna omg IAME who will UB? November 03, 2012 at 09:02 PM
If u dont hsve a nj plate u should have gone home!
Omar Zidan November 03, 2012 at 11:08 PM
does hackensack have electricity now?I left my house there and want to come back
BobM November 04, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I'm certain there is no odd/even for that. At the stations I saw today, they had one pump assigned for that.
sheila November 04, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Lou, instead of complaining, maybe you can give us a better solution.
Birdie9909 November 04, 2012 at 01:20 PM
What about lawn mowers and lead blowers? Lol! Does it make anyone a little ticked off when you see that gas being used for that? The average joe can't get to work because he's driving around looking for gas, or the station he's waited on for 3 hours just ran out... But some greedy persons lawn looks great!!
rch November 06, 2012 at 06:42 AM
If you get gas in county listed you need to go by our "Jersey rules" or someone on line will make your life miserable. I saw it happen, man screaming at woman in car behind me and whipped out his cell. All of a sudden she drove off. Had no idea what happened until I saw her license plate ended with even # and it was an "odd" day. It happened first day it went into effect at 11:45 am so she actually was on line 15 mnutes before it went into effect.
whatever41 November 07, 2012 at 04:47 AM
Freakin scary isn't it!


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