tanker trucks, messiah of motorists

published on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 10:25

Faced with the fuel shortage that has affected France for several days, motorists are waiting impatiently for carriers and their tankers at service stations, explains Europa 1.

Some French motorists continue to be suspended from supplying service stations with various fuels. Because, as the days go by, the strike movement inside the TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil refineries gains momentum, explains Europe 1, Tuesday, October 11, 2022, impacting the daily lives of motorists.

In addition, tankers transporting these fuels, which have become so precious, are eagerly awaited at service stations. Customers watch every movement to try to be among the first served at service stations.

Maximum capacities far from being reached

These vehicles towing a large white tank are twelve meters long. And customers get impatient at the mere thought of seeing one. Christophe, who drives one, understands the scale of the challenge. “At this station, we have 200,000 liters of diesel capacity, but there we bring 20,000 just this Tuesday morning. So the tanks will be empty, I think in 4-5 hours.”he explains into the microphone of our colleagues, while refueling a station in Corbeil-Essonnes.

“Currently orders are limited to try to get a little bit for everyone so everyone has a little bit of fuel so people can help themselves.”, he adds. When he arrives with his shipment, which comes from the strategic stocks released by the government, he is received as the messiah. “As soon as we see a truck, we follow it to the station. So there, I stop and say to myself ‘it will fill up’. And so I could fill because now I’m in reserve.”says Marc, a waiting motorist. Once the station is replenished, the carriers head to new pumps to repeat the operation.

At the moment, around a third of French service stations are in a situation of shortage. Social moves at TotalEnergies and Esso-ExxonMobil renewed earlier in the week. The government, for its part, is increasing its interventions, and does not rule out the possibility of intervening directly, as Olivier Véran said on RTL on Tuesday.

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