881.467 vehicles banned in Belgian low emission zones by 2021
Last year, 20,1% of used cars registered in Wallonia were at least 14 years old. These cars do not meet the Euro 4 standard and will be excluded from the low emission zones from 2021 onward. Vehicles with lower emission standards fall out even faster.
Second-hand market remains important
The Belgian Motor Show 2019 closed its doors last night. “Nevertheless, people are still massively registering second-hand cars”, Laurent Willaert of Febiac (Belgian federation of the automobile industry) said at a hearing in the Walloon Parliament on car taxation. “Because these vehicles do not have a particulate filter, this has an impact on air quality. If we really want to improve air quality, we need to encourage people to stop buying older cars”, he added.
51% of second-hand cars are more than 8 years old
Last year, 239.895 used cars were registered in Wallonia, 19,4% of which were under five years old and 29,6% between 5 and 8 years old. This means that 51% were over eight years old. Worse still, 20,9% was even older than 14 years. Vintage cars (+30 years old) represent only 1,7% of these 20,9%.
According to Crelan Bank, Belgian motorists borrowed on average 12.606 euro in 2018 to acquire a second-hand car, which is an increase of 17,25% compared to 2013.
Low Emission Zones
According to Febiac statistics, 16,9% of the occasions registered in Flanders last year were at least 14 years old (put into service in 2005), compared with 16,6% in Brussels. As a reminder, the Euro 4 pollution standard came into force with vehicles put into service as from 1 January 2006.
From 1 January 2020, Euro 3 diesel will no longer be able to access Brussels, which is classified as a low emission zone. In 2021, also Euro 4 diesel cars will be banned. In December 2018 the total Belgian car fleet represented 881.467 cars aged 14 and more, representing 15,2% of the total. In Wallonia, this rate is 15,7%.
Used diesel cars lose 11% of their value
A study by Gocar Data, a specialist in automotive market analysis, points out that interest in second-hand vehicles is slowing down. Even if 657.341 used vehicles were registered in Belgium last year, figures show that 29,2% of second-hand cars have been on sale for four months.
These unsold items represent a total market value of 805,5 million euro. Gocar Data estimates that the value of the same diesel vehicle has decreased by 11% in one year. That’s why car salesmen start to export these cars to Central and Eastern Europe.