In view of the “tensions on the supply of fuel observed on national territory”, the bans on the circulation of transport vehicles of more than 7.5 tonnes provided for by a previous decree of April 2021 are lifted for Monday, October 31, Tuesday November 1 and Wednesday November 2 for “vehicles transporting hydrocarbon products, with the exception of butane, propane and gases for industrial use”.

These vehicles will be able to circulate during these three days “in order to allow supplies between oil depots as well as from oil depots to distribution points and end customers”, and return empty.

The executive has already taken four orders in this direction since October 7.

The government no longer gives statistics on the number of service stations running out of fuel, a consequence of the movement, started by the CGT on September 27, which caused supply difficulties throughout the country.

“At the national level, the situation has improved significantly, but there are still tensions in Ile-de-France, and to a lesser extent in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Bourgogne-Franche-Comté”, indicated Saturday to the AFP a spokeswoman for the Ministry of Energy Transition.

“What the prefects are seeing is that the stations have fewer difficulties and therefore have less of a reflex to declare on the site”, which is supposed to report on the ‘feed. “Hence the fact that some stations sometimes appear out of stock when they are no longer,” she noted.

“The particular tensions will disappear within a few days. The improvement should be seen by this weekend”, assured Franceinfo on Friday the president of the French Union of Petroleum Industries (Ufip), Olivier Gantois. The difficulties still mainly concern unleaded gasoline, which is not imported, according to him.

Two TotalEnergies sites continued the movement on Saturday: the Gonfreville-L’Orcher refinery (Seine-Maritime) and the Feyzin depot (Lyon metropolis).