Dutch Transport Minister to negotiate Walloon toll fines
Dutch Minister of Transport and Infrastructure, Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, is going to mediate in a dispute about toll fines in Wallonia (Belgium).
In 2016, the year Belgium introduced road toll for trucks, dozens of transporters were fined for not paying the tax, due to the malfunctioning of their ‘multibox’. The multibox that was supposed to register the driven kilometres and communicate the data to the tax authorities, lost connection without indicating there was a problem.
Minister van Nieuwenhuizen now asks Walloon authorities to adopt an accommodating attitude toward the truckers because they couldn’t see the device was not working properly. That is why, several months later, they received a series of fines, totalling 200.000 euro per company.
Go to court
Meanwhile the Minister came to an agreement with Flemish tax authorities but in Wallonia the law forbids tax authorities to make such arrangements. According to sector federation, Transport en Logistiek Nederland (TLN), the only thing the truckers can do, is to go to court.
TLN now wants the minister to negotiate about the rules and lower fines.
The supplier of the multibox cannot be made responsible for the situation since their conditions clearly stipulate the transport company remains responsible for the processing of all data.