Flanders counts on surplus of €32 million in traffic taxes
Thanks to the improved controls on the payment of traffic taxes, the Flemish government will rake in a surplus of 32 million euros. Since March 1st, the Flemish Internal Revenue Service (IRS) checks possible outstanding debts and traffic infringements, like overload. By combining the type of controls, the results improved.
The increased chance of getting caught has significantly decreased the number of infringements: from 3% to 0,7%. And Flanders even wants to intensify controls.
To improve the results, Flemish authorities also count on the technology the Flemish IRS uses: the extended network of ANPR cameras, sensors in the road surface, radio signals to check the presence of the OBU unit (On-Board Unit) for kilometer tax.
All those devices are linked with blacklists and databases, so “those who are not in line with the rules will be removed from traffic,” Flemish Finance Minister, Matthias Diependaele (N-VA), concludes.