Gasoline ‘stations’ everywhere on streets, highways

OSHA might be expected to have a problem with this gasoline station.

OSHA might be expected to have a problem with this gasoline station, a common sight in Phnom Penh and on provincial byways.  The price on the day I snapped this photo was less than $1.25 a liter.

The sight is startling at first, those rickety stands that are laden with repurposed soda bottles filled with gasoline and that are ubiquitous on street corners.  They also are a common sight along roadways outside Phnom Penh.

I am not aware of any conflagrations because of their use, but I must say that their presence always catches my eye.  I have vague memories of such fuel vendors in other developing countries, yet now I live and walk among them constantly.

With a fresh bottle of gasoline in his tank, a motodop departs the sidewalk station with its yellow jugs of fuel, from which the gasoline is siphoned into bottles.  That the man on the moto is looking behind him before cruising into the opposite lane is a rare phenomenon.

A fresh supply of gasoline in his tank, a motodop departs diminutive sidewalk station with its yellow jugs of fuel, from which gasoline is siphoned into bottles. That the man on the moto is looking behind him before cruising into the opposite lane is a rare sight in a city with little traffic-law enforcement.

You can spot the sidewalk merchants (sometimes children) filling the bottles from a barrel and funneling the gasoline from those bottles into motos stopped there with engines running.  As I said, why there aren’t more fires eludes me.

(Phnom Penh Post photo)

(Phnom Penh Post photo)

From my perspective, the good news is that the more familiar type also exists for autos, trucks and other vehicles larger than motorcycles and motor scooters, which also do frequent established bricks-and-mortar stations.

The station below is cater-corner to another one of similar design at a major intersection.

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