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French Fuel Blockades – Update as of 18.00 Tuesday 24 May
Many French fuel stations, especially in the north and the north west (i.e. where we are!) are suffering shortages of fuel due to industrial disputes at refineries. Reports in the press suggest this may affect as many as one in every five petrol stations. Those that do have fuel are reported to be imposing strict limits of 20 litres, and banning fuel cans entirely.
MOT’ers should be aware that, as at 18:00 today Tues 24 May, our trip is still definitely on and we are all hoping that the event goes off completely as normal. There are definitely issues getting petrol, but nowhere DOESN’T have it, it is merely a case of joining what can be very long queues (up to a HUNDRED vehicles waiting, according to an MOT’er I heard from this afternoon!).
Ferry companies have not relaxed their blanket ban on carrying fuel in cans despite this ongoing problem, although some companies will permit you carrying an EMPTY can to fill up with later. To be honest that’s of little use as most petrol stations won’t let you fill one of those anyway. I do know a few people who’ve already gone across carrying a full can – it is NOT recommended, but you are responsible for your own actions!

WE RECOMMEND YOU BRIM YOUR TANK AS YOU LEAVE THE UK, AND TOP UP AGAIN WHENEVER YOU SEE FUEL AVAILABLE IF YOUR TANK IS AT HALF WAY OR BELOW AS YOU DO NOT KNOW FOR SURE YOU’LL GET SOME LATER.

Morris Minors, but with a foreign accent…