Some gas stations have suffered a breakdown in the computer system, which has led to long queues to refuel
Some 150 service stations in Spain have not opened their doors due to the impossibility of advancing their part of the discount
Other gas stations have taken the opportunity to suddenly and unjustifiably raise fuel prices
The discount applied from this Friday, April 1, to each liter of combustible has led some service stations to suffer a collapse in its computer system, being forced to close for even more than ten hours. Once open again to the public, they have been seen long queues to refuel and benefit from the discount.
Carlos, a customer at a gas station in Valencia, explains that they have deducted just over 9 euros for 47 litres, which he considers “fantastic”. He assures that “I wish measures like this were taken more often, especially for the worker who depends on these circumstances.” Clarifying that he is not a transport professional, he sees the discount as “sufficient in principle” and stresses that “if they had not done it, what could have happened would have been something very serious.” “They have been slow to react but they have arrived on time, I think,” he concludes.
However, Lydia Cruz clarifies, most of the clients who have been questioned when passing through said gas station in the Turia capital have pointed out that “it is appreciated” but that they believe “totally insufficient” the measure.
In Asturias, a good part of the gas stations, mainly those of Repsol, continue to have computer problems due to the short time they have had to apply the bonus decreed by the central government. The result, a collapse of vehicles and, sometimes, long queues to refuel.
Some 150 gas stations in Spain have closed
Some 150 service stations, of the more than 11,000 that are spread throughout Spain, have preferred not to open their doors because they can’t afford the five cent advance twenty off. One of these examples is found in Tharsis, in the province of Huelva.
From there, the journalist Denébola Fernández explains that the owners “opened early yesterday, like every day, but at 12:00 they had to close so as not to lose more money. They have done the math and say they would have to advance about 30,000 euros “. In this way, the gas station continues with the shutters down and its three workers have had to take vacations.
Fernández adds that, according to the owners, they will reopen the moment the Executive “specify how and when you are going to reimburse them that money”.
There are many citizens who understand the position of closing their doors to small and medium-sized service stations. “You can’t expect to spend a month selling fuel, earning twenty cents less, and then wait for it to be returned to you,” says a customer.
Unjustified price increases
On the other hand, there have also been service stations that they have taken advantage for increase suddenly and unjustifiably prices. Very striking differences have been seen.
This is the case of Madrid, where in some service stations the price per liter is close to two euros and in others you can fill fuel for just over 1.70 euros (1.58 with the discount). For this reason, in the latter, the low-cost ones, up to eight rows of vehicles are formed waiting.
Like every Saturday, many Portuguese have approached the gas stations of Tui (Pontevedra) looking to save some euros. “In Portugal it’s terrible,” says one man, while another adds that “not much, but it’s a little cheaper.” A young Spanish woman claims “a fixed cost for all” as a solution.
Another person denounces that “what good is it that they have dropped twenty cents if it is higher than it was before”. “Twenty down and fifteen up. We’re the same”laughs a man just before refueling.
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