Brussels votes against total ban on diesel vehicles by 2025
The majority in the Environment Committee of the Brussels Parliament has voted against a proposal for a resolution to ban diesel vehicles completely in Brussels in 2025.
The resolution was submitted by the ecological parties, Ecolo and Groen. The green parties were the only committee’s members to vote in favour of the resolution (the liberal MR opposition party abstained).
The introduction of the low emission zone (LEZ) in Brussels in January 2018 already provides that in 2025, only diesels registered for the first time after 2015 will still be allowed to drive in the capital. However, for Ecolo and Flemish Groen this is not enough.
In its motion for a resolution, the French-speaking green party, Ecolo, and Flemish Groen highlighted in particular the many scandals of non-compliance with environmental standards by car manufacturers, which concern new vehicles.
Higher climate ambitions
Brussels MP for Green, Annemie Maes, reacts very disappointed at the rejection of her proposal. For Maes, it would have been a very strong signal if the parliament had given the government a signal, across the boundaries of majority and opposition, to step up its climate policy. Her Ecolo colleague, Céline Delforge, joins her. “We are disappointed by this lack of ambition.”
In addition to banning all diesel vehicles from the Brussels-Capital Region by 2025, the resolution also called for the necessary incentives and support measures, particularly in the social and fiscal fields, to achieve this. The resolution also called for the regulation and planning for the introduction of the LEZ in Brussels to be adapted.
The CD&V Brussels is asking for the LEZ to be introduced more quickly, but the catholic party believes that attention should be paid to gradual greening, broad support among the Brussels population, the concrete feasibility and social aspects of the proposed measures. The CD&V is also in favour of prioritizing the greening of payroll cars.
MR is in favour of a progressive ban on diesel for public service vehicles in Brussels, with a total ban in 2040. This proposal, much less ambitious, will be discussed in committee early next year.