• May 22, 2011
Venezuela might be seen as something of a hooner's paradise. Gas is free 12 cents per gallon, drivers' rights reign supreme, and traffic law enforcement is practically nonexistent. Maybe that's all changing, though. This week, Venezuela's national police chief, Luis Fernandez, held a press conference to announce the first-ever suspension of driving privileges for one of its citizens.

41-year-old Ramon Parra was found to be operating his bus in excess of posted limits. It also had too many passengers. Oh, and one of the rear wheels was in the aisle with the passengers instead of on its axle, where one normally might expect to find it. As for Parra, it'll be a year before he gets to climb behind the wheel again.


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      graphikzking
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not sure what I'm more shocked about: 1. Bus can drive with only 3 wheels? 2. No one has ever had their license suspended. 3. Gas is 12 cents per gallon??
        SloopJohnB
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        Buses often have 6...two in front and two sets of duals in the back. One of the duals was probably in the bus.
        Michael
        • 3 Years Ago
        @graphikzking
        FYI... 1. Buses have double wheels on the rear axles... 2. There's a first time for everything... 3. They must not tax gas in Venezuela, and maybe the demand for gasoline is not nearly as high.
          graphikzking
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Michael
          Yep.. I totally forgot. I think the picture above threw me off. It really looks like 4 wheels but I know the buses here are dualies. Hell half the pickup trucks here are dualies. I think the gas prices has a lot to do with Chavez staying in leadership.
      Dog Shart
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm guessing Mr. Fernandez will still be driving his bus regardless of the suspension.
        JamesG
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Dog Shart
        Yep, I bet he'll be driving with even more passengers and that one of the missing rear wheels...would be sitting next to him this time.
      live516wire
      • 3 Years Ago
      more importantly, there's still a blockbuster in business
      soundbargaming
      • 3 Years Ago
      Whoa! A Blockbuster! They still have those?
      Axel Daniel Cortez R
      • 3 Years Ago
      As a Venezuelan I must set some facts straight US Gallon is actually 0.07$ at the official exchange rate (the one issued by the Venezuelan Goverment) black market exachange rate is about 0.03$ that is for 95 octanes RON actually I don't know the 91 price because I never used but is a lot cheaper Gas price is that low so Chavez stays in the power, if he dares to change the price he is going down, I think we have this prices since 10 years ago we usually pay for gas with spare change And the rest of the article is 100% true, we drive like we want, we don't respect speed limits, if you commit and infraction with enough money you can buy your way out, etc ,etc ,etc. The only thing I love is the cheap gas and that I can do whatever I like to my car, the rest is a disaster.
      SenorMitchSpence
      • 3 Years Ago
      wait-3 wheeler buses are dangerous? whoa... this completely flips my whole concept of engineering and safety
      mcheddadi
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ramon Parra won't last one year without his job. it's quite sad
      marcosc
      • 3 Years Ago
      So, that's were all the Blockbusters went.
      Autoblogist
      • 3 Years Ago
      Seems pretty harsh for a first time suspension. They're basically taking away this guy's lively hood for a year to make an example?
      Kevin O'Neill
      • 3 Years Ago
      This explains a lot of the driving... uh... "behaviors"... on display in Miami, FL.
        Bryan Lund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin O'Neill
        Excepting those of their beloved MIA Heat NBA franchise. =;}
        Mundotaku
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Kevin O'Neill
        Actually Venezuelans aren't the worse in Miami.
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      We always bitch about oil and gas reserves but there is more oil right on U.S. land than any of us will ever really need. Keep these stupid futures traders strung out on crack away from it after you've harvested it and sell it to us for a fair price. Too bad that Satanic forces screw everything economic up or us so there's so much fear all the time. Oh, Satan is real. Real as Michael Jordan and all his stiffarming to clear his path to the hoop for his entire NBA career, gentlemen. Satan is alive and well and his demons are busy. Very, very busy.
      Bryan Lund
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well good for them. Time to join in with the rest of the world and our rules. Oh, the U.S. isn't the rest of the world?
        Synthono
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Bryan Lund
        Don't make this some sort of bizarre political thing, nowhere in the world is driving a four-wheeled bus with only three wheels attached legal.
          htay9500
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Synthono
          Ever heard of rhetoric questions?
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