Brussels: fewer cars from citizens, more from commuters
With data from the Brussels Statistic Institute, parking.brussels states that the number of cars owned by Brussels citizens is in a constant reduction since 2000. On the other hand, the number of commuters is increasing.
“Since 2000, we note a settling and even a reduction in car usage in Brussels”, states Brussels Regional Parking Agency in its yearly report. “In twelve years, the number of privately-owned cars is stable, going from 495.000 in 2005 to 496.000 in 2017. All the while the population has grown by nearly 200.000 people since 2000.”
Reducing number of cars per citizen
In terms of the number of cars, Brussels is situated behind the other two regions. Flanders counts 53 cars per 100 inhabitants, while Wallonia counts 49. Brussels only has 41 cars per 100 citizens. It is less than one car for two citizens.
What could explain the lack of parking spots and the constant traffic jam in Brussels? According to parking.brussels, commuters are partly to blame. In 2015, 38% of Flemish and Walloons were coming to Brussels to work. This represents around 130.000 more cars, every day.
While Brussels counts one street parking spots for every five citizens, the parking agency pleads for the promotion of alternatives, such as public transport development or the creation of park and ride facilities. “We note an adequacy between the number of parking spots and the number of cars registered in Brussels, but during the day traffic concentration is very high”, notes parking.brussels.