NY petrol rationing scheme to come into force today

From 6am local time today, a petrol rationing scheme in New York will come into effect as three quarters of the petrol stations in the city have been forced to close due to fuel shortages.

New York's Mayor Bloomberg said the decision was not taken lightly.

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This is not a step we take lightly. But given gas shortages and the growing frustrations of NYers, we believe it’s the right step.

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