You'll Need 2 Passengers to Drive Into Manhattan Unless you take the George Washington Bridge By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Oct 31, 2012 3:26 PM CDT 10 comments Comments Commuters cross New York's Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) (Newser) – Cars heading into Manhattan must have at least three people inside for the next few days, although vehicles on the George Washington Bridge are exempt. The rule, intended to cut down on post-Sandy gridlock, starts this evening and applies to the four bridges over the East River, the Henry Hudson Bridge, the Triboro Bridge, and the Lincoln Tunnel, reports the New York Post. It will be enforced through midnight Friday. "I know it is inconvenient for a lot of people," said Mayor Bloomberg. "But the bottom line is the streets can only handle so much." The mayor suggested that drivers might be able to pick up pedestrians standing by bridges. When a reporter asked what penalty scofflaws would face, Bloomberg responded, “Everybody’s going to be driving by and honking at you, I assume," reports the New York Times.