Due to strikes at several refineries of the TotalÉnergies group, fuel supply difficulties have been exacerbated by a massive influx of motorists to the STA in recent days. Faced with this, the prefectures issued orders to limit the purchase and sale of fuel in canisters and barrels.
The situation is out of control. While nearly 20% of gas stations are experiencing difficulties due to strikes at several oil refineries of the TotalÉnergies group, several prefectures have issued orders to limit the purchase and even the sale of fuel in jerrycans and jerrycans.
Indeed, the prefecture of Haut-de-France and the Nord region called for “civility and responsibility of everyone”. “This is not a shortage situation, but difficulties with the distribution, mainly of diesel fuel,” the prefecture’s press release says.
“In order to avoid the phenomenon of pre-emptive procurement, which is detrimental to the proper functioning of service stations, the sale, purchase, distribution and transportation of fuel in any jerry can or jerry can type container is prohibited, except when it is duly justified by the customer and confirmed as necessary in facilitating local police and gendarmerie,” she added.
This ban applies in particular to the North (59), the Pas de Calais (62) and the Somme (80).
The Vosges (88) and Val d’Oise (95) are added to these three departments. In these two departments, the ban on buying and selling fuel in “any container of the canister or drum type” began on Saturday, October 8 and is in effect on Wednesday, October 12.
For Vaucluse (84), which is also one of the departments that banned the filling of canisters, the ban will end on Tuesday, October 11. However, fuel supplies remain limited. Only 30 liters are allowed for individuals, 120 liters for professionals.
#fuel | Faced with supply constraints, the company adopted a sales system @ prefect84 1/ canisters or cans, 2/ limit on the quantity purchased (individuals = 30 l and professionals = 120 l, except for public services). https://t.co/K8uCIerUYh pic.twitter.com/UGZllsqltx
– Prefect of Vaucluse (@Prefet84) October 7, 2022
For his part, Puy de Dome (63) preferred to issue a recommendation rather than a ban. “The prefect urges everyone to show a good civil attitude in order to avoid any phenomenon of saturation,” the prefect noted on social networks.