Drivers Are Now Hopping Across The Border To Buy Gas

About half the cars that pulled into a Rendichicas gas station in Tijuana, Mexico, Thursday had California license plates.

In the U.S.-Mexico border in Tijuana, about 12 miles south of Chula Vista, California, regular gas sells for about $3.96 a gallon, that’s $2 less than in California

Gas stations in Mexico are advertising with banners that say “Cheaper than in the U.S.A.!” Another advertisement says “Don’t worry, be happy in Tijuana,”

Patricia Saharagui, a spokesperson for the Rendichicas gas station chain, welcomed Californians and estimated that its border locations have seen a six percent increase in sales since the end of February.

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador vowed to keep gas prices stable by giving subsidies to Mexican oil companies and refineries.

“The state should not neglect its social responsibility, and the state is here to protect people,” Obrador said at a recent news conference. “It’s not about leaving everything up to the market.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom released plans Wednesday for a proposal to pay owners of cars registered in California $400.

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