Truck driver strike has Brazilians lining up at empty gas stations

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SAO PAULO — Sao Paulo’s 2,000 gas stations are rapidly running out of fuel as a strike by truck drivers who haul gas in South America’s largest city entered a second day Tuesday, according to business representatives.

Truckers are protesting the city government’s attempt to restrict where big trucks can drive in a metropolis infamous for streets that are congested at all hours.

Local media reported drivers were forming lines at some gas stations, but in central Sao Paulo there were none to be seen: it appeared most stations had run out of gas so there was nothing to line up for.

The vice president of the Sao Paulo Truck Drivers Union said all 800 of the city’s tanker truck drivers joined the strike.