Fuel demand strains French resources


The price difference in fuel between Switzerland and France is straining resources across the border.

The French government is keeping the price of petrol and diesel down in an effort to reduce the cost burden on its citizens – but that’s led to a saving of around 45 centimes a litre for those choosing to fill up in France. 

Swiss motorists are taking full advantage and choosing to fill up across the border – to the extent many service stations are regularly out of stock – especially at weekends.  

French law forbids the movement of tankers at the weekend which is leading to shortages. 

But is it legal? 

The Swiss customs office says fuel in a tank of a private vehicle is exempt from duty, but it is technically illegal to cross the border only for filling up. 

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