Brazil has imposed restrictions on fuel consumption in an effort to try and reduce its soaring oil import bill.
BRAZIL: Sao Paulo:
Traffic and pedestrians along city centre streets
Woman into taxi
Cars parked at side of road
Man on bicycle through slow-moving traffic
Cars filled with petrol at service station including petrol pumps
Banknotes counted in man's hands as paying for petrol
Man reading newspaper with headline about fuel restrictions
Background: Brazil has imposed restrictions on fuel consumption in an effort to try and reduce its soaring oil import bill.
Oil imports have more than quadrupled since 1973 and now cost the country more than 3.3 billion U.S. dollars a year. They're one of the causes of Brazil's severe economic difficulties and have resulted in steep inflation and a continued trading deficit. The government considered petrol rationing, but rejected it in favour of a campaign it calls "rationalisation".
GOOD SHOTS of 1970's Brazil