Affichette sur une pompe à essence indiquant la remise sur le prix carburant de 18 centimes par litre, mise en place par le gouvernement pour faire baisser les prix à la pompe.

Car, Truck, It’s Their Work Tool: How Do They Handle High Prices at the Pump?

While we are called to vote on Sunday for the legislative elections – which is the first round – the purchasing power of the files that will be put on the table of the next majority of MPs. With the exact question of prices at the pump in particular. At the beginning of the week, gasoline as diesel, a liter flirts with an average of more than 2 euros. So what do you do when you have no choice but to use the car for work? What do we expect from the future majority? Are we ready to change cars for an electric car? We asked these questions to three Loire-Atlantique residents, three professionals who, without a car, would be impossible to work for, three completely different profiles.

Sophie, at-home hairstylist, in the Defati-sur-Loire region

Sophie has worked as a hairdresser at her home in Defate-sur-Loire and its surroundings for 13 years: L’Orux-Buttereau, Saint-Julien de Conseils, Mauves-sur-Loire, etc. Her personal car, Renault Scénic, she also uses for work, to go to her clients. Despite the temporary rebate of 18 cents including tax on a liter given by the state, the “fuel” bill remains high. So, for some time now, she’s been improving her rounds: “I collect clients from the same city on the same day or half a day to avoid meanders. At the beginning of my career I was doing 45-50km a day and there are an average of 27.” She also explains that she had no choice but to slightly increase her prices: 50 cents apiece.

She would have liked to have a helping hand from the state, but according to her, she could not claim anything as a self-entrepreneur. She works alone, not in a structure, and therefore it is also difficult to make her voice audible, she continues: “The older we get, the more we get something, and when we’re young, we forget.”

When asked if she will cut that bill, she does not plan to switch to an electric car – the price per kilometer is now three to four times cheaper than a thermal car – she answered no “I need a car with big boots to put all my gear in and there isn’t a lot of electrical gear. And in terms of budget, it’s not feasible.” There’s also the maintenance (the cost of batteries in particular) that you wonder about.

Sophie, the hairdresser at home
Sophie, the hairdresser at home © Radio France
Celine Louise

Damien, employee of Tipiak in Saint-Aignan-de-Grandlieu

Damien, 37, has worked for over 15 years at Tipiak in Saint-Aignan-de-Grandlieu. He lives 45 kilometers from his job. Living near Nantes, closer to work, “Expensive” A family life, work mate is also taken care of. trips, make them aboard a diesel Peugeot 308. Only. “It is impossible to share carpools when you are doing the three or the eight. You have to find a colleague who lives in the same city and has the same hours.”, he is referring to. Public transport, the route is also unimaginable given their schedules. He, who earns 1,700-1,800 euros a month, now puts nearly 300 euros in his car tank to go to work. “We saw an increase of €70 in February, well, covering the increase in fuel prices over the past few weeks. So, yes, it’s complicated.”

The representative of the staff, the CGT union, expects him from the state not to provide assistance to large cylinders as provided by the government : “What would the state consider as big rollers? Then in fact, the increases aren’t just fuel, they’re broader. There’s food and heating. The state should force companies to pay employees better so that everyone can live off their work. Forget the retirees, too.”

His gray 308 isn’t about to let go yet. “With my salary, I can’t change it today. So, I don’t even think about it with an electrician’s salary. It’s very expensive, moreover, even if I can, because I drive a lot, I’ll have to charge it. Look at the company’s parking lot, for example Example, there is no charging station.”

Damian in his car.
Damian in his car. © Radio France
Celine Louise

Sebastien Reno, Co-Director of Exodon at Trignaac

Sebastien Renault is one of the directors of Exodon, a transportation and construction company. The main office is in Trignac. A company with about 150 cars, trucks and vans … The budget for “fuel” has recently increased from 150 thousand euros to 200 thousand euros. “We have reduced our profit margins, are improving our flights and are more vigilant about environmental leadership”, he explains. The price charged to the customer is also partially indexed according to the price trends. Recently, for this “fuel” bill, his company was able to apply for a subsidy. Should the state go further? for him, “Everything should not fall to the state, solutions should be found collectively.”

The “fuel” file is not what worries him the most today. Today goes – “Represents 1 to 2% of turnover depending on subsidiaries” But there are other strong increases such as tire prices “We did it three rounds in one year.” construction company, Exodon must also deal with raw material prices”Everything increases materials and pipes…”

Exodon has so many big trucks that there’s no electric option. The company revamped a large portion of its fleet three to four years ago for newer, cleaner, and less fuel-efficient vehicles.

Sebastien Renaud, Co-Director of Exodon.
Sebastien Renaud, Co-Director of Exodon. © Radio France
Celine Louise

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