Last night, cars lined up at gas stations across town, with some lineups stretching for nearly a kilometer. And this was all around 12 and 1 in the morning, mind you. The anticipation for a fuel hike the next day was not taken lightly. People would stop and ask a car in the queue what was going on, and upon hearing the answer they put their car in reverse and joined the crowd. I too joined in but luckily the gas station near my house is a bit isolated from the maddening crowd, and I was out of diesel anyway. To put this in a more personal context, when I first bought my lovely pickup truck (dubbed the “irismobile”) a full tank of diesel would cost me around 26-28JDs. Now, it’s around 35. It lasts me exactly a week without having to travel outside Amman.
In light of the fact that Amman has a terrible public transportation system, I think people have to start taking control of their own fuel-destiny. Companies should start encouraging car pool systems; especially the larger corporations. It’ll even save them on the limited parking space they usually have. Private schools should start doing the same thing next month. If international oil prices keep up like this, I’m thinking of investing in a nice scooter by next spring; at least for the short trips around town.
The price of gasoline 90 (octane number) was hiked by 4.2 per cent as of today, a government panel decided yesterday. The committee, which meets every month to adjust fuel prices according to changes in international oil prices, raised the price of this type of gasoline to JD0.735 per litre, from JD0.705. It also decided to raise the price of gasoline 95 to JD0.84 per litre, from JD0.805 per litre last month, with an increase of about 4.3 per cent. The prices of diesel and kerosene were also increased from JD0.705 to JD0.77, a 10.2 per cent increase. [source]