Motorists waited in long lines for gas in Mexico City. The government crackdown on fuel theft has slowed fuel distribution, producing anxiety among businesses and some panic purchases by frustrated motorists. Some people are having trouble getting to work.
Car park supervisor Alfonso Angeles:
SOUNDBITE: CAR PARK SUPERVISOR ALFONSO ANGELES (ENGLISH OVER SPANISH) SAYING:
"Sometimes you start work, sometimes you can't or you get to work late because of the gasoline shortage."
Auto industry officials warn car plants may have to suspend operations if the government doesn't resolve the issue quickly. They fear parts won't be delivered on time.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has shut pipelines in his bid to stop fuel theft and curb violence. His decision to move fuel mostly by rail and truck has slowed transport, and backlogs of tankers are forming at some ports for offloading imported fuel. Lopez Obrador says the crackdown has dramatically reduced fuel theft.