Fuel: this is why many stations suffer from fuel shortages!


Internationally, the price of a barrel of oil (fuel) is increasing. This implies runaway inflation that invaded the world. In France, to protect the purchasing power of the French, the government offers several devices.

In addition to the revaluation of social assistance, the price of fuel has been subject to a bonus per liter. Only the fuel itself is starting to run out. Across France, fuel shortages are wreaking havoc. This is the case many total stations.

There is fuel shortage

To deal with inflation, the State offered a discount of 18 cents on the price of a liter in April. In view of rising inflation, the discount has increased to 30 cents.

In addition to these two discounts, TotalEnergies granted another reduction, ie 20 cents per litre. That is why cars rushed to refuel at the energy giant.

Due to the large influx of consumers, the stock resources can no longer keep up. This implies a national fuel shortage. Many motorists return to the road with annoyance after reading the sign:

“Out of fuel, please excuse us”

50 cents off

As mentioned above, the accumulation of discounts makes a total of 50 cents. The discount is such that the price of fuel in Total is lower than that of other fuel distributors.

By way of illustration, this Monday, September 5, 2022, in Rennes, Total service stations are displaying a price per liter in €1.48 SP-98. That said, other service stations such as Leclerc, Carrefour or Super U display €1.60.

Given the degree of inflation, this price change is not negligible for make ends meet in all the days of life. That’s why people strive to fill. A phenomenon that caused the fuel stock to run out. And this is more serious in rural areas.

Tensions in peripheral areas

As you know, the discount of fuel price concerns France only. Furthermore, according to La Voix du Nord, price differences are even greater in border areas.

That is why, in addition to the French who want to save their fuel budget, foreigners run to total stations. A Belgian motorist interviewed by the regional daily confirms:

“Here, it’s 15 cents different from the bombs in Belgium. It is funny. Before, it was you French who came to us to fill. Now it’s the other way around. »

Fuel shortage in rural areas

Even in Total stations, the scarcity is not the same. Some stations are open while others are closed. Why ? The reason is simple, gas stations they are not delivered with the same frequency.

Supermarkets in the city center can be delivered twice a day. On the contrary, those in rural areas, in addition to being targeted by foreigners, are replenished much less frequently.

The evolution of the fuel discount

If you want to take advantage of the discounts offered by the government and the Total company, do not delay. Please note that this discount will only be valid until November 1, 2022.

As of this date, the reduction will be 10 cents per liter of gasoline until December 31, 2022. That said, it cannot be ruled out that from this date there will be no further reduction. And who knows, inflation can’t get worse.

Influx of foreigners: good or bad news?

Due to the discount, many Europeans are supplied in France. This situation creates controversy. Some members of parliament say that it is a loss for the state, while others say the opposite.

Loic Herve, Centrist senator from Haute-SavoieDuring the vote on the law that modifies the 2022 budget, he said:

“The nation’s budget does not have to finance the refueling of our Swiss neighbors. However, the reform of the finance law proposed by the government will have this effect, while the Swiss franc has never been so strong! It’s money wasted! »

However, on the other hand, others affirm that the reduction in the price of fuel will bring €0.70 tax per liter in the state.

Here is the calculation: given the current price of fuel, a liter brings 69 cents of TICPE and 31 cents of tax, or 1 euro in total. If we subtract the 30 cent discount, Treasury recovers 70 cents per liter.

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