Friday, 01 June, 2012 | 11:04 WIB
Long Queues at Trans-Sumatra Fuel Stations
TEMPO Interactive, Lampung:Hundreds of two-and-four-wheeled vehicles lined up at a number of gas stations (SPBU) along the Trans-Sumatera highway in Lampung, Thursday, May 31, 2012, ahead of the drive to limit the use of fuel.
Some gas stations were closed with the notice "Premium and diesel fuel sold out." "Beyond the Town of Bandar Lampung, many SPBUs were empty. Even when there was one or two [SPBUs] there was a long line," said Rosman Hadian, a Bengkulu-bound driver lining up at a Central Lampung gas station, Thursday, May 31, 2012.
The drivers said they has been lining up since the previous night as the gas tanks in their vehicles were running low. They were generally crossing over to Sumatera or to Java. "We found many SPBUs empty. I've been waiting for fuel since daybreak and get it six hours later," he said.
Tempo observed a number of official vehicles lining up to buy subsidized fuel. "If I have to buy unsubsidized fuel, many gas stations don't provide Pertamax, and that there is no special line for those wishing to buy fuel at non-subsidized price," reported Hafiz Ramdan, of the drivers of government-owned vehicles from Tulangbawang Regency.