Brussels does not allow megatrucks to pass through
Although Flanders and Wallonia are using megatrucks for some years now, the Brussels Region still not allows those super trucks on some parts of the Brussels Ring road. The ban on those vehicles – sometimes called ‘ecocombis’ – prevents transport companies to have an efficient connection from the north of the country, Flanders, to the south, Wallonia.
Opposed to general interest
Today Louvain Transport company, Ninatrans, uses two of those super trucks. Two super trucks can transport the same volume as three common trucks but they’re more compact on the road and they can save 22% of CO2 emissions.
Twice a day, one of Ninatrans’ super trucks, transports beer from the brewery in Jupille to a depot of the Colruyt Group in Ottignies, avoiding 21% of CO2 emissions, compared to common transport.
The trucks, however, could be used more efficiently when they could also use the Brussels ring road, which is not allowed by the Brussels Region. “It’s a pity”, says Benny Smets, CEO of Ninatrans. “The opposing visions of the regions don’t serve general interest.”
Car manufacturer, Audi, in Vorst would like to welcome similar trucks too, especially because they want to make the production of the e-tron as carbon-neutral as possible, explains Andreas Cremer from Audi Brussels. “Those megatrucks could help us to achieve this ambition.”
The Brussels Region says to be working on an impact study but there will be no concrete initiatives before the elections in May.
30 new trajectories
Local authorities in Brussels are not in favour of the megatrucks “because of the density of the traffic and the number of traffic jams and accidents”, says Brussels Minister of Mobility, Pascal Smet (sp.a).
Today the use of super trucks is still limited to two transport companies in Flanders but last year 30 additional trajectories are approved. In Wallonia the super trucks are used as well, only the Brussels Region is obstructive.
The situation is seen as a typical example of how fragmentation of authority leads to impossible situations. “Belgium has the size of a postage stamp, so it’s illogical that the regions stipulate a divergent mobility policy”, concludes Philippe Degraef of transport federation, Febetra.