Flemish inspection centers reopen for commercial vehicles
Since Wednesday, March 25, the Flemish car inspection centers will again provide a limited service for commercial vehicles (+3,5 tons) and priority vehicles. The reinspections of all vehicles will also be carried out again. However, the inspections are only possible by appointment.
Four months postponement
The duration of these measures depends on the evolution of the corona crisis, says GOCA Vlaanderen, the grouping of Flemish approved companies for car inspections and driving licenses. GOCA decided last week to close the inspection stations because of the corona crisis. For all vehicles that needed to be tested between March 13 and 1 month after the end date of the coronavirus emergency measures, the period for inspection shall be extended by four months.
What is possible?
The inspection centers now provide for the possibility of inspecting commercial vehicles (+3,5 tons) and priority vehicles. All types of inspections for commercial vehicles can be carried out, but a periodic inspection will only be carried out if the validity of the inspection certificate expires within eight calendar days, or if the validity of the inspection certificate has expired.
What will be postponed?
Inspections not carried out during the period of the emergency measures are second-hand inspections, initial and periodic inspections of passenger cars and vehicles of less than 3,5 tons, post-accident inspections, vintage car inspections, approval and validation procedures, and periodic inspections of agricultural vehicles.
According to Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), the limited resumption of the inspections allows the logistics to continue to work. “These inspections cannot be postponed because otherwise, the safety of important social and economic activities will be compromised. We are thinking, for example, of the necessary logistics transport to food stores and care institutions,” the minister concludes.
Unions react skeptically
On Tuesday, the unions expressed their concern about the danger that the inspectors at the inspection centers run of becoming infected with the coronavirus. The Minister says she understands this, but stresses that GOCA Flanders has worked out measures that are stricter than the rules imposed by Public Health.