At some petrol stations around Frankfurt, the diesel pump nozzles are blocked with adhesive tape. The mineral oil industry association gives the FAZ a reason.
NIt is not just in some places on the Rhine such as Koblenz that there are currently temporary bottlenecks at petrol stations – this can also be observed in the Frankfurt area. Meanwhile, gasoline remains expensive.
In some cases, for example, the filling nozzles for diesel are blocked with adhesive tape, in other cases the price display for a type of fuel should be temporarily switched off or set to zero. At the request of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, the Mineralölwirtschaftsverband (MWV) confirmed that there will continue to be temporary regional bottlenecks in the fuel supply due to the low water levels on the Rhine and Main – including in the Rhine-Main area. However, the situation has not deteriorated further recently.
Government has already released reserves
According to figures from the Clever-Tanken internet platform, the rise in fuel prices has also stopped recently. According to the Internet platform Heizoel24, however, heating oil has become more expensive again this Tuesday.
“All those involved have so far been able to maintain the supply of gasoline and diesel under unusually difficult conditions,” said a spokesman for the mineral oil industry association. “Due to the ongoing logistics bottlenecks primarily in the south and west of Germany – including the Rhine-Main – it must be expected that the supply situation for petrol, diesel and heating oil will also remain tense.”
This could mean that one or the other type of fuel is temporarily unavailable at individual filling stations. The federal government had already released large amounts of fuel reserves.
The oil companies have also called for the Sunday driving ban for tankers to be relaxed. They attribute the price increase primarily to the low water levels in the Rhine and Main. The automobile club ADAC does not consider this to be a sufficient explanation for the high prices.