As part of the planned energy tax relief for petrol and diesel from June 1, the petrol station industry is preparing for possible bottlenecks at the petrol pumps. “A high demand from motorists will meet a low supply,” warned the chairman of the Federal Association of Independent Petrol Stations, Duraid El Obeid, in the “Rheinische Post”.

According to Aral, it said: “We are prepared, the logistics chains are robust, so that short-term deliveries to gas stations are also possible.” drive almost completely empty before that”.

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From the beginning of June to the end of August, refueling is to become cheaper by reducing the energy tax on fuels to the minimum permitted in the EU. The tax rate for petrol is to be reduced by almost 30 cents and by 14 cents for diesel.

At the same time, the tax burden is reduced even further – because VAT is no longer due on the part of the energy tax that is no longer applicable. As confirmed by the Federal Ministry of Finance, the total tax relief is 35.2 cents per liter of petrol and 16.7 euros per liter of diesel. After the approval of the Bundestag, the Bundesrat should also vote on the coalition plans on Friday.

The general manager of the Fuels and Energy Association, Christian Küchen, told the “Rheinische Post” that the sharp reduction in energy taxes presented the petrol station companies with a double challenge.

On the one hand, they would try to reduce their stocks by June 1st in order to be able to sell as little highly taxed fuel as possible cheaper from June onwards. On the other hand, it is to be expected that motorists will drive to the petrol pumps en masse from June 1 of all times to fill up empty tanks. “Therefore, temporary bottlenecks at the stations cannot be completely ruled out,” said Küchen.