"I still don't have any fuel. Still, I'm the closest station to the depot. Olivier gets annoyed. This manager of the Total in Coignières (Yvelines) has seen the turnover of his shop melt since Monday. "We can't work without fuel anymore." Indeed, several Total service stations in Île-de-France are affected by shortages... because they were not delivered.
Only a few kilometres away, the truck drivers who ensure the supply have been blockading the Raffinerie du Midi, the oil depot in Coignières, since Monday. They are opposed to a plan to put cameras in the cabs of subcontractors' trucks from January.
An idea that was reportedly abandoned on Wednesday evening, the group announced. But the strikers, of whom there are about twenty of them, are waiting for an official document from their employers before calling off the strike. "Some are sleeping in their trucks. With the wide-angle camera, we won't be able to sleep naked anymore," laughs one of the employees.
Shortages that create tensions
"They say it's for safety. We chose this job for the freedom," insists an employee of a Total subcontractor. For its part, the oil giant wanted to be able to detect fatigue, distraction, collision, excessive acceleration or failure to respect safety distances.
Despite the withdrawal of the project, the shortage is expected to continue for a few days at the pump. In the nearby town of Élancourt, a motorist discovered it on Thursday. "You don't have anything," he asks. All stations are empty. I have the company's Total card. I can't go anywhere else, otherwise I'll pay out of my own pocket. The salesman at the gas station only found out yesterday that he would not be delivered. "We have fewer people," says Malik. We're mostly. They go after the first person who is there. »
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At this station, there are still a few drops left... ethanol (E85) only. Enough for some. "I'm lucky, I run on ethanol. Because on the road, I saw several Total stations closed," explains a VTC driver. This is also the case in Maurepas and Poissy. The situation could last for a few more days.