A liter of petrol costs 480 forints – the equivalent of 1.22 euros – in Hungary. This triggered unprecedented tank tourism among Austrians and Slovaks. The disappointment was great when the Hungarian government intervened on Thursday: Without a Hungarian license plate, the liter will cost the usual market price of 700 forints, the equivalent of 1.79 euros – the eXXpress reported.
It was not surprising that Hungary’s lower fuel prices would also attract Austrians. However, this has led to some excesses, as a representative of the Hungarian government now reports to eXXpress.
Some motorists drove across the Hungarian borders up to nine times a day (!) to refuel. When they returned to Austria, they sold the cheaper petrol or diesel they bought here. In other words: Not only did all drivers at home and abroad benefit from Hungary’s official fuel price, some also made a business model out of it and made money from it day in and day out.
Result: Hungarian gas stations at the border were increasingly blocked, to the chagrin of the local population. Complaints from Hungarians in the border region increased. More and more locals were angry with the “fuel commuters” who felt they were being taken advantage of. Now the Hungarian government has stepped in.