Technical inspection centers reopen partially in Wallonia
On Monday, the technical inspection centers in Wallonia reopened partially for professional vehicles and only by appointment. Vehicle inspection centers were closed from 18 March in all three Belgian regions.
Since March 25, the Flemish car inspection centers provide a limited service for commercial vehicles (+3,5 tons) and priority vehicles again. In Brussels, the technical vehicle inspection centers remain closed ‘until further notice’.
In Wallonia, the relaxing of the measure applies to essential professional vehicles that have to drive cross-borders, vehicles that need a technical inspection for first registration, trucks transporting dangerous goods, and priority vehicles.
Vans, buses, trucks, and trailers that have a red certificate limited to 15 days or forbidden on the road until repaired can be presented for inspection again. For private cars, a temporary exemption for the obligatory vehicle inspection can be applied for online.
Appointments for professional vehicles can be made at the inspection centers of Wandre (Liège), Petit-Rechain (Verviers), Werbomont (Ferrières), Namur (Rhisnes), Mariembourg, Mont-St-Guibert, Braine-le-Comte, Habay, Aye (Marche-en-Famenne), Charleroi (Gosselies et Montignies-sur-Sambre), Fleurus, La Louvière, Cuesmes (Mons), Ghislenghien (Ath), and Marquain (Tournai).
Sector asks for a restart
Last Friday, Belgian mobility federations Febiac (car import), Traxio (car services), and Renta (leasing) asked the government in a joint-statement to allow the restart of a limited number of essential activities at the next evaluation of the COVID-19 measures.
Among these essential activities, the federations propose to restart a limited number of services in the trade of second-hand vehicles, like technical inspections, damage inspections, and repairs.