Petrol shortages hit Brittany as 'yellow vests' block fuel depots

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Petrol shortages hit Brittany as 'yellow vests' block fuel depots
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The ongoing yellow vest protests have seen petrol stations in parts of Brittany suffering fuel shortages, leading to restrictions being imposed on the amount motorists are allowed to buy.


Many petrol stations in the Breton departments of Finistère and Morbihan are either completely out of fuel or are running low as a result of 'yellow vests' blocking oil depots in the port towns of Lorient and Brest. 
As a result, the head of the Finistère department Pascal Lelarge has announced that strict limits on the amount of fuel that can be sold to motorists have been imposed. 
From Monday December 3rd, restrictions have been introduced "to ensure access to fuel for the greatest number of people and to make sure that emergency services can still operate," Lelarge said.   

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That means that the maximum amount of fuel sold per day and per vehicle is limited to €30 for light vehicles which weigh less than 3.5 tons and €200 for trucks.
The local authorities have also asked people to avoid filling their cars up unless absolutely necessary.
The Lorient oil depot has been blocked since November 27th by 'yellow vests' as well as staff from independent building and public works companies who are protesting the ban on the use of non-road diesel set to be introduced on January 1st. 
In the port city of Brest employees of independent building companies, wearing orange vests to differentiate themselves from the 'yellow vest' protesters, also blocked the oil depot since Wednesday using trucks and construction cranes. 
As a result not one truck has entered or left the depot since Friday.  
Meanwhile in the town of Saint-Nazaire in the Loire-Atlantique department next to Brittany the 'yellow vests' had planned to block the oil depot at Donges from 7 am on Monday which would further cut fuel supplies to Brittany. 
Unsurprisingly the situation has left many motorists in the region frustrated, with drivers complaining that they could not refuel on Sunday thus leaving them unable to travel to work on Monday. 
"I do not know at all when we will be able to restock," an employee of a Total service station in Finistère told the French press on Sunday. "People have been filling their tanks over fears of a shortage."
"Usually, we are supplied every two days but we have had nothing since Thursday," he added. 
The interactive map below shows more up to date information on where petrol stations are running low. The information included is based on reports from motorists.


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