Brussels to launch ‘consultation’ on 2030 diesel ban
After having listened to Environment Minister Fremault’s proposition, the Brussels Government will launch a consultation designed to discuss “the ban of diesel vehicles by 2030 at the latest”. Some Ministers are afraid that things are going too fast.
This Thursday, Brussels Environment Minister Céline Fremault (CDH) met with the government to present her new extended plan on air quality for the Region. She thinks that the Low Emission Zone introduced this year shouldn’t stop in 2025 but continue until 2030 and ban all diesel vehicles.
The government has decided to launch a consultation with all the dossier’s actors, private and public, to “reach the ban on diesel vehicles by 2030 at the latest”. “This consultation will also evoke the ban of petrol cars as a next step and will finally touch on the short and long term development of alternative technologies”, adds the government.
From Thursday’s discussion emerged the fact that a distinction between private and professional vehicles (emergency vehicles, trucks and buses) should be made. Just like the LEZ, a monitoring committee will be put up with the cabinets of the ministers Smet (mobility), Vanhengel (taxes) and Gosuin (economy).
Not everyone’s cup of tea
“There’s no decision to ban diesel in 2030, the agreement only concerns the principle of consultation”, explain the cabinet of Rudi Vervoort (PS). “Let’s avoid creating panic among the population. We’ll see whether it’s possible and feasible with this timing.”
Other ministers point out that the government shouldn’t go too fast. “We even haven’t evaluated the LEZ yet. Let’s not act without thinking”, adds another minister. “Nothing is decided yet”, decodes one minister, “but the government has fixed itself a very clear objective on the ban of diesel vehicles by 2030.”
Better measures and information
The government has also asked Minister Fremault to sensitize citizens about air quality. Brussels Environment will therefore increase its number of measuring stations and their data will be available to the public in real time.
‘Fake good idea’
After the announcement of the consultation, the automotive sector federation Febiac reacted quickly. “It’s the prototype of the fake good idea: banning a technology without any distinction inside the same technology”, explains the federation.
For them, the ban doesn’t take into account the different evolutions. “Deciding today that we don’t want diesel by 2030 is ignoring any evolution. We want the different types of technology to be treated on a fair basis and not an emotional one”, adds Febiac.