The tank discount goes into effect tomorrow: you need to know it

Many motorists are at the beginning of the road. From June 1, prices at the pumps should come down, at least that’s the government’s idea. You want to exempt motorists for three months and reduce energy tax for this period.

Motorists must save a total of 35.2 cents on a liter of E10 (a 30 percent reduction in energy tax plus a 5 percent saving on VAT) and 16.7 cents on a liter of diesel (including a 3 percent saving on VAT). Total savings for consumers is about three billion euros. At least that’s how the Federal Treasury has calculated. But it is not that simple.

How does saving really affect drivers?

ADAC noted that mineral oil companies decide for themselves how much tax savings to pass on to motorists. According to the association, they are not legally obligated to pass the opponent.

According to Abu Dhabi Airports information, both petrol and diesel are several cents more expensive than last week. Gas station operator Hans Ritz of the Westenhauer free gas station south of Munich also noted this with concern: Prices have risen significantly since last Thursday, according to Ritz.

“In my opinion, mineral oil companies are trying to maintain the current price level in order to mitigate the price drop.” In the end, the savings do not reach the end customer or gas stations. “Companies are taking full advantage of the situation and the war,” criticizes the Ritz. Suppliers tell him he must be happy if he gets any goods at all.

Autoclub Europa (ACE) also anticipates that it may take a few days for prices to drop. Because demand determines the price. If there is a rush to the petrol pumps, it will have the opposite effect of lowering prices, and the whole thing will coincide with the Pentecost holiday, according to the association.

Does lowering the tank cause the pumps to rush out?

ADAC expects a larger crowd at gas stations in the early days of June. Drivers should expect longer waiting times during peak times. In areas near the borders, motorists from abroad can also increase the rush, because then, according to the association, refueling in Germany should be cheaper than in Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium and Switzerland, for example.

Gas station operator Hans Ritz initially expected to rush to his gas station, but changed his mind again. His regular customers check the internet in the morning. “If they see that prices don’t change much, they won’t come.”

According to him, the big rush should not happen for another reason. Because the energy tax applies not only when the tank is filled, but before that, when the truck leaves with filtered fuel and is billed. “This means that the fuel on June 1st is still the same as the old energy tax was,” Ritz says. “I can’t give away what I bought much cheaper.” He must first sell the “old fuel”. The Gas Stations Association confirms this and expects that the fuel price cut will not take effect immediately on the 1st of June.

How should drivers behave?

Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck (Greens) himself had predicted that it could take a few days for the reservoir discount to reach consumers. On launch day, he called on people not to drive to the gas station with an empty tank on June 1. Because otherwise gasoline would suddenly be a more valuable commodity. “Then we lowered the prices, but in fact the prices are going up,” Habek said in a television interview.

ADAC agrees. To avoid chaos, the Automobile Club recommended filling up before June 1st. This would avoid queues and bottlenecks. The rush was supposed to be back to normal by the end of next week.

What role do oil companies play?

How mineral oil companies will act is a great unknown. “We assume that the energy tax reduction will be passed due to the intense competition between gas stations,” says Christian Kochen, Director General of the Mineral Oils Association “Fuels und Energie”. However, there is no empirical value for a tax cut of this size.

However, the FBI will likely be concerned about the first rate increases before the introduction of the reservoir discount. Attention was drawn to the fact that, despite the significant decrease in crude oil prices again, the burden on drivers when filling up with fuel did not decrease as much.

That’s why competition watchers want to take a closer look at the petroleum sector, especially refineries and wholesalers. The goal is to shed light on the causes of the latest developments in the market and prices, as explained by the head of the Federal Office of the Cartel, Andreas Mundt.

At the same time, ADAC Transport Chairman Gerhard Hillebrand again appealed to multinational oil companies. “I urge you to take full advantage of the comfort zone and pass it on to consumers.” BP, which also owns the Aral gas plants, said it had experience dealing with volatile demand. The Total Group wrote that logistics were mobilized to ensure delivery to gas stations.

How are gas stations equipped?

Gas station operator Hans Ritz from Westnahr remains calm. He didn’t let himself be fooled by ordering regular fuel before the tax cut to avoid bottlenecks. Then he sells the more expensive gasoline for a few days. It’s better than having nothing with you, he says, adding that he’s heard that on June 1st refineries may be delayed with so many trucks arriving. He wants to avoid waiting times of up to twelve hours at the refinery.

The reason: Some of his colleagues actually demanded less gasoline before the tax exemption took effect, so as not to be left with expensive goods. “But they also hire security guards in case there is a rush,” Ritz says. He just shut down another employee at his gas station. He advised motorists to “remain calm.

What goes into effect?

Additional relief measures from June include a one-time flat energy price of 300 euros for all employees subject to income tax and a 9 euro ticket for local public transport. The hope is that many motorists will leave their cars at home and switch to buses and trains, thus avoiding jams. However, this is only possible to a limited extent.

Incidentally, natural gas (CNG/LNG) and liquid gas (LPG) also benefit from the reservoir discount. According to ADAC, natural gas costs will be reduced by 4.54 euros per megawatt-hour, and liquid gas will become cheaper by 238.94 euros per 1,000 kg.

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