Following the announcement of the new plan to supply gasoline by plate number terminal in the state of Zulia from Monday 16th of December, the leaders of Voluntad Popular spoke out to reject the measure. They described the implementation of Plan Pico and Placa as a “brazenness” of the regime.
“With this measure they are admitting for the first time in more than two years that the Zulia is collapsing not only on the issue of services but also on the issue of fuel. It is incredible that Zulia, Venezuela’s oil region with fertile lands, is today in a state of neglect and collapse because the usurpers cannot even guarantee fuel, while the usurpers continue to give away gasoline and oil to their real bosses, the Cubans,” said the regional political coordinator of Voluntad Popular, Ángel Machado.
The leader of the orange party pointed out that with the implementation of this measure “the usurpers ended up recognizing the crisis. “For months we warned that the gasoline crisis was going to intensify, the Joint Chiefs of Staff of Fuel, the installation of GPS on the gasoline tank trucks, regulating the schedules of service stations was only an Omar Prieto’s show to make citizens believe that they were solving the gasoline shortage,” he said.
Machado criticized the implementation of the Pico y Placa Plan in the state that has more than 100 years of oil exploitation and according to experts in Lake Maracaibo are located 9% of the total proven oil reserves that exist in the country. “All the plans they have implemented to control the smuggling of gasoline extraction failed because Venezuela is not producing fuel, the refineries are paralyzed and Petroleos de Venezuela is in ruins,” Machado said.
The municipal coordinator of Voluntad Popular, Eduardo Vale, described the fuel supply plan as a new rationing. “The socialist dictatorship the only thing that has brought Zulia is rationing, in the state we don’t have electricity, water or gasoline. They regulated the quantity of liters for the vehicles, restricted the schedule of the service stations, placed GPS on the fuel tank trucks and nothing has worked. This measure to supply the vehicles by plate number terminal is their new failure,” he said.
In his statement, Vale recalled that for months he has reported that more than 50,000 vehicles queue to try to fill their vehicles tanks.
“The Zulianos make queues for days on end and now, to fill the vehicle fleet of the state by number plate terminal will not diminish the queues, because in the last days we have seen how less fuel arrives at the service stations. A few months ago in the largest stations could supply in a day, an average of 700 vehicles and now only supply about 400 cars because there is no dispatch of fuel. Venezuela does not produce enough gasoline to supply the vehicle fleet and the Pico y Placa will not work either. The crisis will continue to worsen,” Vale said.