Belgium’s second carpool lane Wavre-Brussels opens in May
After the carpool lane in the south of Belgium, between Arlon and Sterpenich (Luxembourg border), there will also be a test carpool lane between Wavre and Brussels, using the existing bus lane.
From May on the Walloon government also wants to test such a lane on the E411 highway between Wavre and Brussels (Hermann-Debroux metro and bus station).
At the moment the lane is already used by express buses. From May on, the lane is also open to so-called HOVs (Highly Occupied Vehicles). So the authorized cars need to have at least three occupants.
The Flemish Mobility Minister, Ben Weyts (N-VA), is not very keen on carpool lanes, especially when emergency lanes are used for it. Weyts says that those emergency lanes are not built for regular traffic.
In this case it can be different because they use the bus lane. This lane is built to have regularly heavier passage on it.
There is also an issue about how to control the occupancy of the vehicles. This will be done by cameras using an algorithm. An offence to the rule will be detected and punished by the police forces.
The concerned authorities hope that the necessary cameras will be installed by the end of April. The actual carpool lane can then enter in action next month.