>> A desperate scramble by Venezuelans for a spot on this truck. Pregnant women, parents with kids and the elderly all jostling to get aboard. In the Venezuelan city of Valencia about two hours away from the Capital Caracas, these so-called dog carts or perreras, have replaced public buses have gradually disappeared.
Reuters' correspondent, Andreina Aponte.>> This is the result of an economic crisis that has reduced the number of public transportation units due to lack of auto parts, motor oil and tires. Trucks that were originally build to carry around cattle or water bottles are now taking passengers and they're riding standing up.
> You can't even buy shoes, you can't buy a shirt, you can't buy pants because it's getting more difficult. A pair of pants will cost you 90 million bolivars, which you don't have. It's all terrible here in Venezuela, we need someone to help us here.>> The chaos on these make shift carts also contributing to higher crime in a country already writhe with violence
But they are far more dangerous with most lacking even basic safety features. One law maker estimates that so far this year 39 people have died and roughly 275 have been injured in accident involving unlicensed modes of public transit. For Venezuelans, the dog carts are not yet another sign of the deteriorating quality of life in a country suffering it's worse economic crisis in history.