100.000 euro to update Walloon bus number plates
Consequence of the Walloon Public Transport (TEC) reform, all the buses and other vehicles from the company will need to be registered again and they will receive a new number plate. As any other vehicles, they will have to go through a technical control. This operation is estimated to cost more than 100.000 euro.
Back in spring, the Walloon government decided to reform its public transport service. The regional mess that was composed of five operating companies (Tec Hainaut, Charleroi, Liège-Verviers, Brabant Wallon and Namur-Luxembourg) was gathered into one and only Walloon Transport Operator (OTW). As a consequence, all buses and other vehicles have to be registered again.
New number plates
In total, 2.200 vehicles will see their number plate change. “We’ve obtained some administrative ease for the registration procedure and we received all plates at the same time”, explains TEC’s marketing director and spokesperson, Stéphane Thiery.
The cost of registering again all vehicles hovers around the 100.000 euro or even more. Furthermore, all buses will have to pass a technical control, as any other newly registered vehicle. “We’ll take advantage of the already set schedule. Controls for buses are more common than for cars”, adds the spokesperson.
‘In order for 2019’
“By now, we’ve received nearly 2.000 new plates. For the last 250, all should be in order for January 1st, by the time the reform is put in place”, concludes Mr Thiery.