Febiac: ‘Mobility Budget will boost the sector’
Two days before the opening of the Brussels Motor Show, the Chamber’s Finance commission announced that the Mobility Budget should become a reality as of March 1st. The automotive sector rejoices, as this measure will boost all new mobility alternatives.
“The Mobility Budget is a very good news. We noted that exiting coalition members continued to carry out this project”, said the president of the Belgian association of the automotive sector, Febiac, Philippe Dehennin. Febiac is happy, even though its proposition of a progressive 95 g/km of CO2 threshold and the inclusion of scooters in the second tear didn’t make it.
New mobility offers
The budget allows new actors to play the game. Lab Box, D’Ieteren’s subsidiary dedicated to mobility, has announced on Thursday the launch of a new fleet management tool called MyMove. “That service is designed to assist companies with fleet of shared cars and composed of different types of cars, electric bicycles and electric scooters through an app”, explains Valentin Haarscher, associate at Lab Box, “the Mobility Budget will ease communication about MyMove.”
Etienne Rigo from Modalizy is also feeling good about this new government initiative. His company offers integrated payment solutions for all the mobility needs of a company, whether they are related to fuel, public transport travels or shared cars. All is done with one card. “We’re still waiting on how the available budget will be calculated. For now, I don’t think employers have all the elements to make that offer attractive”, declares Etienne Rigo.
From ‘We Are Mobility’ to ‘Brussels Beautiful Mobility’
Even the Brussels Motor Show’s executives are rejoiced by the measure and they are planning future event hovering around mobility. “The current ‘We Are Mobility’ show is a Febiac investment. It’s not profitable for us but we must look to the future”, insists BMS manager, Pierre Lalmand, “we would like ‘We Are Mobility’ to last the whole duration of the Auto Show but half of exhibitors can’t yet pay for it.”
Major actors, such as DriveNow, Poppy or Europcar wish that the mobility part lasts longer. If the Mobility Budget shakes things up, mobility might get fully integrated in the show. Pierre Lalmand doesn’t rule out renaming the show within three years and integrating mobility in the flow of the Auto Show. Many names are put forward, such as Brussels Beautiful Mobility.