Orange with 6 media, posted on Saturday, October 8th, 2022 at 4:00 pm.
In times of concern about fuel shortages, online tools allow for real-time availability at stations, BFMTV reported Saturday, October 8.
Everywhere in France, motorists are fighting for gas. According to Olivier Veron, a government spokesman, who was interviewed by RMC and BFMTV on Friday 7 October, “the situation is different.”
“In our country, 15% of stations experience difficulties in providing all the fuel. As a rule, there is fuel, often diesel, which runs out partially during the day.”, he admits. But, according to him, “there is no global deficit.”
Still, the situation worries motorists, according to data collected by some traffic programs, which “significant peak in STA traffic” observed, according to Jerome Marty, Country Manager of Waze France. Sometimes to call up stocks. A phenomenon that can be explained by the strike that started a few days ago at the TotalEnergies oil refineries, as well as the 20 euro cent pump discount recently created by the same oil group.
Maps and mobile apps for real-time information
To anticipate it being full and not find yourself in front of an empty pump, there are solutions. Interactive maps allow you to track the availability of fuel in real time. This is especially true of the map available from the government at prix-carburants.gouv or at penurie.mon-essence.fr. TotalEnergies also has its tool on its website services.totalenergies.fr.
But websites aren’t the only tools available to users. Several mobile apps, such as Waze, provide information on the level of fuel still available at stations through regular updates. “Users can share news about fuel availability and prices in their area to help others find supplies and avoid unnecessary trips and queues at missing service stations.”, Jerome Marty explains to BFMTV. Apart from Waze and its 17 million users, other options could be the Gasoil Now, Gaspal or Essence and Co apps.