In the state of Merida, drivers can wait up to five days to fill their vehicles with gasoline. Those affected complain that those who can pay in dollars fill their tanks without waiting in line.
“Here they enter pure V.I.P. (very important person, in English), pay in dollars and those do have priority. And the people, wait for four, five or seven days, they only service 50 or 60 cars a day. You can see the V.I.P.’s paying $10 to $20 to the same officers who are complicit in this situation,” said Baudilio Días, an affected driver.
Public protests and road closures have been increasing in the face of the obvious arbitrariness, such as the benefit to customers who pay in dollars.
Nicolas Maduro’s regime further deteriorated oil production. Since PDVSA fell into the hands of the dictatorship, the shortage of gasoline has increased and compromised the operation of public transport and the quality of life of Venezuelans.