“Restrictions on Can Purchases Imposed by Haute-Garonne Prefecture Amid Toulouse Fuel Shortage”

For several days, many petrol stations have been partially or completely out of fuel in Toulouse and Haute-Garonne. (©Illustration/David Saint-Sernin/Actu Toulouse)

It is a fact, for several days, some stations-essence of Haute-Garonne are out of stock on one or more fuels. The phenomenon has intensified since the beginning of the week.

Overconsumption of fuel observed

“Haute-Garonne is affected by a relative lack of fuel availability at certain service stations. At the same time, an overconsumption of fuel is observed in the department compared to the usual levels ”, notes the prefecture of Haute-Garonne.

Prohibition to use in a can

As a direct consequence, this same prefecture announces that it will prohibit the purchase of fuel packaged in cans in Haute-Garonne, this “in order to limit this phenomenon of fuel storage and to allow the greatest number of motorists to refuel” .

This ban will start from Wednesday March 29 at 6 a.m. and will stretch until Tuesday April 4 at 6 a.m.

The taken procedures

The prefectural decree imposes the following measures:

  • The sale and purchase of fuels (gasoline, ethanol, diesel, LPG) in manually transportable containers are prohibited throughout the territory of the Haute-Garonne department.
  • Retailers, managers and operators of service stations, in particular those that have automated devices allowing the dispensing of fuel, take the necessary measures to enforce this prohibition. They are responsible for displaying the ban on their pumps in order to inform users.

Pierre-André Durand, the prefect of Haute-Garonne, “appeals to everyone’s responsibility not to amplify the tensions on the distribution of fuel in the department”.

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