There will be a two-day closure of independent petrol stations next week. The suspension is necessary because of the shortages, uncertainties and unpaid subsidies.
According to a statement sent to Forbes.hu by the Association of Independent Petrol Stations (FBSZ), the petrol stations belonging to the association will suspend fuel service between 19 and 20 August. According to the FSC, the reasons for the necessary suspension are shortages, uncertainties and unpaid subsidies.
The association, which was formed in February 2022 as an advocacy group for smaller petrol stations, has repeatedly drawn attention to the significant drawbacks of the government’s gas price freeze measures. A month after their formation, in March, they summarised in five points what is needed to resolve their situation in the face of soaring energy prices and the government’s price cap, writes nlc.hu.
According to Ottó Grád, Secretary General of the Hungarian Mineral Oil Association, we will have to live with the fact that we will not be able to refuel in the coming period, because some types of fuel will run out, or even that there will be no fuel supply at the entire petrol station.
The main aim of the Independent Petrol Stations Association is to bring together and provide a common voice for the interests of domestic petrol stations, most of which are run by small, family-owned businesses. The organisation is constantly expanding, having been founded on 21 February 2022, and in just a few days nearly 200 different operators have joined its membership, according to its website.
On Monday, portfolio.hu reported that Eszter Bujdos, the managing director of Holtankoljak.hu, estimated that about 100 petrol stations in Hungary were unable to fill up due to fuel shortages. Fears of supply problems were also fuelled by a brief halt in deliveries to Hungary from Russia via the Friendship pipeline, but thanks to swift action by MOL, deliveries were quickly resumed.
Source: nlc.hu, portfolio.hu, forbes.hu