In France, the price of fuel will drop to 1.50 euros per liter from September 1. Belgians who live a few kilometers from the border will be able to take advantage of it. Belgian gas station attendants are very worried.
In a few weeks, the border crossing could pay off big. Going for example from the town of Erquelinnes to that of Jeumont (in France) could make it possible to take advantage of a French fuel announced at 1.50 euro per liter. On the Belgian side, this Monday morning, motorists did not hide it, if it becomes reality, they will make the trip. “To whom it would not speak. When we see the prices we are currently paying, if there is a full tank to fill, we will do the 3-4 km more”, one of them said. “If the liter goes to 1.50 euros, I’ll go right away”announces another.
Concretely, the economy would be close to 50 cents per litre. A full 40 liter would represent a reduction of 20 euros. This Monday morning, we only encountered motorists ready to cross the border. With the exception of a loyal French customer. “I know there is a big difference in price. But I am faithful with the trader, otherwise there will come a time when there will be no gas station and no trader anywhere”she says.
According to estimates, Belgians, who live less than 40 km by car from the border, could decide to make the trip to France. Something to worry about the federation of fuels. “Border pumps in Belgium could clearly feel the impact of the measure. This could lead to very complicated situations”she points out.
The pump attendants met and the federation are already asking the government for action. What to avoid new disasters for these traders.