November 28, 2021

Fuel Check: who could benefit from this assistance?

Prices at the pump continue to climb and the executive is considering how to react to this surge in gasoline and diesel prices. Among the avenues considered, a fuel check.

While the price of diesel reached an all-time high this week at 1.5354 euros per liter on average and unleaded 95, 1.6332 per liter on average, these prices have a direct impact on the purchasing power of the French . Faced with these increases, Emmanuel Macron announced Thursday, October 14: “that a short-term action to support households” was going to be put in place to “leave no one in disarray”.

Possible avenues

The implementation of a fuel check, on the model of the energy check is one of the avenues considered. However, this will not be general aid for all motorists.

The device has not been formalized or confirmed but the government does provide many criteria including those related to income. However, employees would not be the only ones affected. “A stay-at-home mother who accompanies her children to school or a disabled person who needs to take her car must be able to be accompanied even if they are not working”, underlines a person close to the government to our colleagues from the Parisian.

To benefit from the check, however, you will need to own your own vehicle. People who use their cars the most, the government is considering a tax deduction based on statements of actual expenses. Only such a device would then only concern households that pay income tax, and therefore would not affect the most modest.

An existing model in the Hauts-de France region

Therefore other models could inspire the government. A similar system has already been in place since 2016 in the Hauts de France. In this region, assistance of 20 euros per month is paid to employees under certain conditions. This is officially the “transport assistance” device, the criteria of which are specified on the region’s website.

In addition to being domiciled in the region, several criteria are necessary:

– Travel in a private vehicle or a motorized two-wheeler for the majority of his trips between home and place of work

– Be an employee via a CDI or a CDD of at least one month.

– The workplace must be at least 20 kilometers from home

– Be domiciled in a sector poorly served by public transport or certify staggered schedules that do not allow them to use them.

In 2018, the Nice metropolis set up a financial assistance system for fuel. But this ended in 2020, the metropolis has favored support for other forms of mobility such as a bonus for the purchase of an electric vehicle or a bicycle.