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Puerto Rico gas stations offering 24-hr service to fuel distributors

By on September 29, 2017

SAN JUAN — Puerto Rico gas stations will be able to operate 24 hours a day despite the curfew, Consumer Affairs (DACO by its Spanish acronym) Secretary Michael Pierluisi announced Friday.

The official stressed that the fuel-distribution chain–wholesalers, distributors and retailers–are exempt from the curfew so gas stations can operate continuously, adding that they can serve those exempt during the curfew period.

A Puma gas station in Cataño. (Juan José Rodríguez/CB)

“The entire fuel industry in Puerto Rico is authorized to operate uninterruptedly and gas stations can operate 24 hours a day when taking the necessary security measures, and it is important that they redouble their efforts to supply fuel demand and accelerate the island’s recovery. The industry must take every measure within its reach to operate at all times,” Pierluisi said.

The official clarified, however, that gas can only be sold during curfew hours to authorized people. As directed by Gov. Ricardo Rosselló, DACO’s secretary designated specific gas stations for the exclusive use of hospitals, banks, telecommunication providers, food industry employees, security companies, restaurants, pharmacies, ice-production workers, solid-waste removal providers, senior citizen homes, funeral home employees, and small and midsize enterprises that are providing services needed to quicken the pace of Puerto Rico’s recovery from the devastating storm.

The following gas stations were designated with wholesalers and retailers and will operate 24 hours a day:

Brand

Location

Municipality

Puma

Evertec/Banco Popular Cupey

San Juan

Puma

Across Walgreens Amelia

Guaynabo

Puma

Ave. Fidalgo Díaz

Carolina

Puma

Barrio Tomás de Castro #2, Carr. 153, Km 4.6

Caguas

Puma

Road #3 (next to Pizza Hut Fajardo)

Fajardo

Puma

In front of Ralph’s Supermarket

Humacao

Puma

Ext. 39 Highway 52

Cayey

Puma

Road #2 (across Kmart)

Vega Baja

Puma

Burger King and UPR-Arecibo

Arecibo

Puma

Road #2 (across Sam’s Ponce)

Ponce

Puma

Calle Méndez Vigo

Mayagüez

Puma

Road 125 Km. 142.4

Aguadilla

Total

Ave. Castiglloni #51 – Bayamón Gardens

Bayamón

Total

Bo. Guasábara, Road. 1, Km. 30.8

Caguas

Total

Road 1, Esq. Road. 189

Caguas

Total

Road #2, Km. 7.1, Bo. Juan Domingo

Guaynabo

Total

Road #20, Los Ranchos

Guaynabo

Total

Jesús T. Piñero Ave. #1024

San Juan

Total

Calle Loíza 1751, Esq. Taft

San Juan

People must present employer-provided identification to be served at these stations.

Teamster leader Luis Falcón (Courtesy)

Teamsters: Trucks are not the problem

Meanwhile, temaster leader Luis Falcón assured Caribbean Business that most of the trucks available on the island are operating during the emergency. In addition, he said there are sufficient vehicles to meet the demand for both fuel and other supplies to address the emergency Puerto Rico is facing.

Falcón added that American Petrolium has 90 trucks to distribute gasoline and diesel, Best Gasoline has another 90, the Los Vaqueros cooperative has 80 trucks, the Transport and Cargo Cooperative 97 while, Total Petroleum, Shell and Gulf have more than 100 vehicles each.

As for loose cargo and merchandise in general, there are more than 10,000 trucks available.

Puerto Rico Consumer Affairs Dept: 500 gas stations operating

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