According to the Association of Independent Petrol Stations, there is a good reason why the amount of fuel that can be bought is limited. If there were enough, there would be no need for restrictions.
As we reported yesterday, MOL petrol stations implemented a quantitative limit: you can only fill up with 50 litres of fuel at low-pressure pumps with Hungarian licence plates at the official price. By now, two more companies joined MOL in setting a limit.
After MOL, OMV also set the limit at 50 litres, while Lukoil set it at 20 litres.
“We strongly appeal to the Hungarian driving public to start saving fuel, as Hungary may run out of it soon,” said Gábor Egri, president of the Independent Petrol Stations Association (FBSZ), in response to rtl.hu‘s question about the quantity restrictions introduced by MOL and OMV at their petrol stations on Friday.
As of Friday, you can fill up with 50 litres of fuel at official prices at MOL stations, and you can only buy fuel in cans at market prices, rtl.hu reports. Previously, the partly state-owned MOL had communicated that there was no shortage of fuel, but they justified their announcement on Friday by saying that this limit could ensure service to all customers and the smooth operation of the stations.
Not only MOL, but also the Austrian oil company OMV has announced a limit of 50 litres of fuel per day. OMV is introducing the limit for officially priced fuel, while the Hungarian oil company is also introducing the limit for market-priced products, napi.hu reports.
A maximum of 50 litres of fuel per vehicle can be filled up at OMV stations at the official price, and from Friday onwards, the market price will be charged for fuel filled into cans or barrels, OMV said, according to MTI.
Normbenz Hungary Ltd, which operates 79 Lukoil petrol stations in Hungary, said in response to Telex’s inquiry that they, too, will introduce restrictions temporarily.
“At low-pressure pumps, you can fill up with 20 litres of fuel at max, and at high-pressure pumps, you can fill up with 150 litres of fuel in one transaction. Fuel may be purchased in jerry cans or other external containers at market prices only, up to a maximum of 10 litres per transaction,” they said.
Source: Telex.hu, napi.hu, rtl.hu, DNH