Since Total has lowered its prices at the pump, beyond the government discount, the pumps only stop when they are empty. The stations, unaccustomed to so much crowding, nor dimensioned to store so many vehicles, have become champions of intermittence. According to supply and passage of tank trucks.
Delivered, immediately emptied
Again on Monday, in Angoulême, the Total service station on the boulevard du 8 mai, opposite the Renault dealership, had to close its tracks at noon, a red HS sleeve on all guns. “However, they had to be delivered at 6 in the morning. “, says an employee of the tanker truck. The tanks will only have supplied motorists for a few hours before running dry. Regularly, the queue gets stuck at the rue de Paris roundabout. The same goes for Total Access in Sillac, where traffic is regularly interrupted.
In Chauvauds, in Champniers, on the edge of the old RN 10, the station employee has made many new friends. “80% of customers never came here to help themselves”he believes, watching the queue lengthen on the highway. “And again, it’s quiet”, he lets go “The first two or three days, the queue was long until the detour, two roundabouts below. »
With 50 kilometers per day, we pay attention to spending. The salary increases more slowly than gasoline.
Since then, the station has been delivered daily, selling its 36,000 liters at high speed, three times more than usual. “It’s the price effect”. At €1.60 for diesel, €1.44 for unleaded petrol, it’s hard to beat. Except for driving to Reignac or Barbezieux. Until… Total, again. 1.54 diesel, 1.44 gasoline.
In Reignac, where the Lautret house has been selling fuel for more than fifty years, the regulars have taken advantage of the opportunity. Like Fabrice, the driver, CFF driver, who visits Bordeaux every day. Or Maxime Vizcarro, the Dacquois, who comes by on Mondays and stops his truck every time. “There’s the price, he acknowledges, but we stopped before. We have the map here. And in the morning, we drink coffee. We are very well received. »
I am looking for applications
But even without the coffee reserved for the faithful, many left the four lanes of the RN 10 to take the old national route for a few hundred meters. Pierre works at Engie and drives a lot. “In the company, we have to help each other in Total. » He preferred to stop at Reignac, where a dozen vehicles jam the track.. “There are seasons where it’s even crazier. In Bordeaux, it’s not even worth it. »
In Charente, depending on the time, it is still practicable. Paradoxically, the huge Total Station at the Plaisance truck stop in Barbezieux was not stormed. Hélène, crusaded on the spot, works in Barbezieux, lives in Charente-Maritime and is unfaithful to Leclerc where she used to consume before her. Émilie, from Graves-Saint-Amant, who works at the Barbezieux hospital, made the same calculation. “The diesel is at 1.54. In Châteauneuf, it is 1.60. It’s worth it. With 50 kilometers per day, we pay attention to spending. Salary increases less quickly than gasoline”it slips again. “Before we did not think. Today I am searching the apps to find the cheapest station. We try to look, scratch a few euros. We all do the same thing.”
Like the professionals. Yohan, a truck driver from Loir-et-Cher, laden with empty bottles, finishes his day and refuels the truck. The price table won his support. “We have instructions to carry diesel for less than €1.60 if we can. I have room there. »
“It’s unfair competition”
Seven stations Total in the first seven places in the list of service stations, yesterday on the government site prix-carburants.gouv.fr. Full box. The bonus granted by the tanker placed the brand’s stations ahead of the others in terms of prices, thirteen cents less than the competition in diesel, twelve in unleaded. The competition can’t keep up.
“Unfair competition, since Total has a monopoly”, This is how Simon Ricaud, the manager of the Leclerc Lunesse store in Angoulême, approaches. “But it was never the season that gave us life”, he says. Fuel, for large surfaces, is the leader in losses. “It doesn’t change anything at all for us”, says Simon Ricaud that at least he can count on motorists who are not ready to make a detour, or waste time in endless queues to earn a few cents. A few euros with a full tank.
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