Flanders dreaming about solving traffic jams by 2030
The Flemish government is working on the draft of its Mobility Plan, due for approval by the regional parliament in spring 2018 and aiming at solving the structural traffic jams by 2030. One of the measures is a kilometre tax for private cars, tax benefits for ‘clean’ cars and a more performing public transport with a 95% accurate schedule.
Living on easy to reach location
Remarkable other target is 50% of Flemish population ‘living on an easy to reach location’ and 60% of all companies. At least 40% of commuters will have to do this ‘in a sustainable way’ and in cities like Antwerp or Ghent that percentage should even be 50%. How the Flemish government is going to accomplish this, is not clear yet.
In order to make it more attractive, public transport has to be faster, lowering traveling times from door to door with one fifth. All this measures together should enable – according to the draft mobility plan – to keep the saturation level on Flemish highways under 80%.
Separate traffic streams
Wherever possible different traffic streams – like cars and bicycles – should be separated and when this shows to be impossible maximum speeds have to be lowered drastically. Environmental friendly means of transport will be favoured, like a fiscal benefit for ‘sustainable cars’ and also a parking policy favouring these sustainable transport means.
Flanders will develop a central data platform with info about the amount of traffic, public transport and free parking spaces.
In the pipeline for years
The Mobility Plan is ‘in the pipeline’ for years now. Initiated by Hilde Crevits (CD&V) in 2011 with a broad survey about mobility with the Flemish population, it was Ben Weyts (NV-A), today’s Minister of Mobility who asked the mobility department to update the study.
The draft was presented to the parliamentary commission on mobility on Thursday. After this the Flemish government will try to reach an agreement and have the decree voted in spring.