A Truckers’ Strike Drives Home The Depth of São Paulo’s Dependence on Cars, and on Fuel
In a city addicted to driving like São Paulo, a sudden shortage of fuel hits hard. With a fleet of 6.6 million vehicles in January, and about 630 more hitting the streets each day, fuel was taken for granted in Brazil’s largest city and financial capital. Until one day last week, it was not.
Now, one week after the start of a truckers’ strike that cut the fuel supplies for two days, there are still stations waiting for supply. According to Sincopetro, the association of gas station owners, one in 10 stations in São Paulo was waiting for fuel on Monday morning. With the success of the move, there were reports that the truckers were weighing plans to do the same