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.
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.
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.