Filling stations associated with the Alliance of Independent Gas Stations will close their doors in protest on August 19 and 20, reports RTL News.
The interest group representing Hungary’s non-chain gas stations said that its members still had not received the 20 Ft. per liter subsidy for July from the government. Moreover, since the start of the month, wholesalers are delivering less fuel to the retail locations than ever before, only half of their requested amount.
As a result, around a third of the country’s independent filling stations will sell at most coffee in their stores on Friday and Saturday, during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Alliance of Independent Gas Stations President Gábor Egri recommends that drivers fill up their tanks before August 20 to avoid the higher traffic and disruptions expected at some larger chain-run gas stations.
Egri estimates that around 500-600 gas stations will be joining the two-day protest next week, but added that the planned shutdown could still be avoided if independent gas stations receive their overdue subsidies in the beginning of next week.
MOL, OMW, and Shell have announced that their stations would remain open next week during their usual hours of operation.