Garage sector remains ready to act
The Belgian garage sector will continue to run on a limited basis in the coming weeks for breakdown assistance, and urgent repairs says sector federation Febiac. However, the activities of the car inspection centers in Flanders, Wallonia, and Brussels will be suspended until a date to be determined.
Transport of patients
“It is the broad mobility sector that makes transport of patients with an ambulance possible, ensures the supply of food stores, and makes it possible to bring flour to the bakery,” Febiac explains in a press communication why some garage services remain open. “For this reason, the public authorities have expressly provided that companies responsible for urgent repairs or hoisting work can remain open.”
Some garages do close, for example, car showrooms are forced to close. Others are not in the technical or economic position to comply with the safety measures and also close the shop.
Limiting services to urgent interventions has severe and potentially long-term consequences for the mobility sector. That’s why Febiac, Traxio, the car trade and repair federation, and Renta, the vehicle rental federation, have asked for government support to stay afloat in the coming weeks and months.
“We are counting on the necessary support measures to help out our companies keep society mobile, both during this crisis and in its aftermath,” they say in a joint statement.
Inspection centers closed
Vehicle inspections, on the other hand, will no longer be carried out in the various inspection centers in Belgium. The duration of this measure is currently unknown. In Flanders, the rule took effect on Wednesday. The four technical control centers in Brussels also closed on Wednesday. The centers located in Wallonia are also closing until further notice, according to the Walloon mobility portal.
For Flanders, the further concrete transitional measures in this context are not yet known. In Wallonia, all certificates that expire between 1 March and the reopening of controls will be extended by six months.
In Brussels, the deadlines will be extended by the number of days that the offices were closed. People with a provisional driving license and who have to present their exam fall under the same rule. The driving license examination centers are, therefore, also closed.