After the appeal to the civilization of users by the gendarmes of the North, that one 20 minutes mentioned Wednesday, the prefects of the departments of Upper France took over more firmly to try to stem the fuel rush. Preferring to speak of “difficulties in supplying” the stations rather than shortages, the representatives of the state adopted measures that should have calmed the games.
We know that fear of heights can paralyze the liveliest. And that’s nothing compared to the fear of empty gas tanks. Since Total Energies launched its discount of 20 cents per liter of fuel in addition to the 30 cents discount from the state, stations on its network have been routinely stormed and emptied in less time than it takes to fill them. At the border, our Belgian neighbors were not excluded to refuel at a lower cost. By increasing its refueling frequencies, the tanker more or less handled the situation. Until the strike in several Total refineries which further interrupted deliveries.
Priority access to healthcare personnel
Seeing the multiplication of out of service stations, around 12% in France and 30% in Hauts-de-France, users rushed from those still in service to refuel, or even stock up on jerry cans, accentuating the phenomenon again. Since Wednesday, therefore, the prefects of the departments of the region have issued orders to prohibit the purchase and sale of fuel in containers that can be transported manually. Except that this Thursday morning, in Lille, the queues in the few refueled stations were still long.
In order not to paralyze the transport and agriculture sectors and “guarantee the continuity of public service missions”, the operators of the stations identified in the Orsec plan must now “arrange priority access for the benefit of medical transport and health workers with a professional doctor or nurse’s card. The authorities also asked operators to “give priority to the distribution of fuels to the economic sector and to passenger transport. For all stations, in particular the automatic ones, operators must also ensure compliance with the prohibition on filling cans or cans.
Part of the strategic stock was released Wednesday in the three depots still operational to replenish the service stations. However, if the situation continues to worsen, the authorities reserve the right to requisition stations, which could only serve priority vehicles, namely security forces, emergency services and health services.