As gas prices in the United States continue to climb, drivers close to the southern border are heading to Mexico to fill up their gas tanks. According to AAA, the average gas price is currently $4.33 per gallon, with prices in California reaching as high as $7. ABC10 News in San Diego reports, the price in Mexico is between $3 and $4. In Juarez, Mexico, just across the border from El Paso, Texas the price is $3.
Juarez gas station manager Jonathan Rivas said, “We’re close to El Paso, and yes, we’ve seen more traffic, more people with Texas license plates.” The trip to find cheaper petrol, however, is not without its downsides. Drivers in California can wait almost a full day to cross the border, while El Paso can take up to three hours on weekends.
Taxes in the United States, which include 18 cents from the federal government and extra taxes from multiple states, including 51 cents in California, exacerbate the suffering at the pump. Gov. Gavin Newsom has proposed a gas tax refund, but California GOP lawmakers want something more drastic: a temporary suspension of the state gas tax.
The Biden administration has blamed the gas price hike on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, although prices have been steadily rising since Trump’s departure. In January 2021, the average price of gasoline was $2.25.