Restrictions set in Hauts-de-France

After the call to civility of the users by the gendarmes of the North, who 20 minutes mentioned on Wednesday, the prefects of the Hauts-de-France departments took control more firmly to try to stop the fuel rush. Preferring to speak of “difficulties in the supply” of the stations than of shortages, the representatives of the State took measures that tried to calm the game.

We know that the fear of heights can paralyze the most vivacious. And that’s nothing compared to the fear of empty gas tanks. Since Total Energies launched its bonus of 20 cents per liter of fuel in addition to the 30 cents from the State, the stations of its network have been regularly raided and emptied in less time than it takes to fill them. At the border, our Belgian neighbors did not stay outside to get supplies at a lower cost. By increasing its supply frequencies, the tanker more or less managed the situation. Until a strike broke out at several Total refineries that further disrupted deliveries.

Priority access to healthcare personnel

Seeing the multiplication of stations out of service, around 12% in France and 30% in Hauts-de-France, users ran to those that were still in service to refuel, even to stock up on jerrycans, once again accentuating the phenomenon. Since Wednesday, therefore, the prefects of the departments of the region issued orders to prohibit the purchase and sale of fuel in transportable containers manually. Except that, this Thursday morning, in Lille, the queues were still long at the few stations supplied.

To avoid the paralysis of the transport and agriculture sectors and “ensure the continuity of public service missions”, the operators of the stations identified in the Orsec plan must now “establish priority accesses for the benefit of health transport and professionals of health with a professional title of doctor or nurse card. The authorities have also asked operators to “give priority to the distribution of fuel to the economic and passenger transport sectors. For all stations, in particular automatic ones, operators must also ensure compliance with the ban on filling drums or cans.

This Wednesday, part of the strategic stocks were released in the three warehouses that are still in operation to replenish the service stations. However, if the situation continues to deteriorate, the authorities reserve the right to requisition stations, which would then only be able to serve priority vehicles, that is, security forces, emergency services and health services.

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