Drivers need to know that now

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For consumers, looking at a fuel bill has often been a nasty surprise. The energy tax on fuel will now be reduced for three months.

Fulda – At the beginning of the Ukraine war, diesel and gasoline prices rose sharply. From these highs, prices fell again until mid-April and have remained stable at a high level since then. Gas station operators and the mineral oil industry cite the price of crude oil as the reason fuel prices continue to rise. (Read here: The fuel price hoax: In these times, drivers are refueling cheaper)

Tank Discounts and Petrol Prices: Drivers Need to Know It Now

Another factor affecting fuel prices in Germany is the exchange rate of the euro against the dollar, which has recently fallen significantly. The cost of buying crude oil on the global market has risen by about 10 percent due to the weakness of the euro alone. For this reason, there will be a so-called tank discount from June 1st. Here you will find answers to the most important questions:

What does a tank discount do?

According to the federal government’s plans, the energy tax will be lowered to the European minimum for a period of three months from June 1. This could make gasoline about 35 cents a liter cheaper, and diesel about 17 cents a liter. The federal government expects that prices at petrol pumps will not drop immediately after June 1, but only with a delay of a few days. The Auto Club Europa (ACE) also believes that the price may take a few days to drop significantly. According to the state, the tax cut, which is limited to three months, will cost the state 3.15 billion euros.

How is the fuel price configured?

The ADAC says that a total of about 48 percent of the fuel bill ends up as taxes with the state, with diesel about 39 percent. The rest pays the actual costs of the product, from the crude oil source to transportation to Germany and further processing to the pump, plus the carbon dioxide tax. The net selling price of fuel is also subject to “Value Added Tax” (sales tax), which is calculated as a percentage of the total price. According to the Federal Ministry of Finance, the following fees are applied to the total price per liter of fuel:

Diesel: energy tax 47.04 cents / liter; carbon dioxide price 8.30 cents / liter; Oil storage tax 0.30 cents, value-added tax 19% of the net selling price

Gasoline: Energy tax 65.45 cents/liter; carbon dioxide price 7.20 cents / liter; The oil storage tax is 0.27 cents, and the value-added tax is 19% of the net selling price.

Will there be a rush to gas stations on June 1st? (avatar) © Sebastian Willnow / dpa

What do the experts expect?

ADAC expects a rush to the pumps in the early days of June. There may be longer waiting times and queues at gas stations. The Gas Stations Interest Group (TIV) also depends on this. “It’s likely that a lot of people will empty their lockers at the end of the month so they can take as much advantage of the discount as possible,” press spokesperson Herbert Rappel says.

How should drivers react?

If you want to avoid potential gas station chaos, you don’t have to be on the road with the last drop of fuel so you can respond more flexibly to the situation at gas stations, the Automobile Club advises. ADAC also warns drivers to exercise caution. Passengers who rely exclusively on the vehicle should not drive the tank completely empty. It is recommended to refuel earlier. Only those who can do without the car in an emergency can guess at low prices from the tank discount on diesel and gasoline.

Should I be afraid of bottlenecks?

Regional gas station operators did not want to comment on this when asked. Knittel Energie of Fulda, for example, which operates about 80 gas station locations, just remember that the current situation is so ambiguous that one can speculate at best. On the other hand, the filling station (TIV) interest group does not assume that there will be bottlenecks. Rebel says gas stations are well organized and preparing for the expected surge in stock and staff.

Is refueling allowed?

If the lower price appears on the display panel, it is better to keep a cold head and not stock up on fuel. Because it is forbidden to store large quantities of gasoline in the private sector. Due to the danger of explosion, it is allowed to use up to 20 liters only in small garages of up to 100 square meters. And it should be stored in sealed, non-flammable and unbreakable packaging, ACE knows.

More less flammable diesel can be stored. It is allowed to use up to 200 liters in a small garage. If you live only for rent, then fuel storage is often strictly prohibited. Here is a look at the rental agreement. Unless otherwise noted, according to ACE, a total of 20 liters of petrol or diesel is allowed in the basement. In the entire basement, of course – not in the basement.

Any tips to save?

Experts say that choosing the cheapest gas station and filling it in time can save a lot. Drivers should compare fuel prices before filling it up. For example, if you fill up at a gas station on the highway, you usually pay more than 20 cents per liter. Additionally, there are significant price variations throughout the day.

According to the ADAC study, fuel is generally cheaper between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. and between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. This alone can save up to seven cents per liter. If you want to start with consumption, you can reduce fuel consumption with a fuel-efficient driving style. ADAC suggests slowing down. Anticipatory and consistent leadership is also important. This reduces consumption by up to 20 percent.

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