Now that life has become so expensive with the peaking energy prices, Minister of Justice, Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open Vld), wants to introduce a more viable way to pay fines, several Belgian newspapers write. Soon, penalties will be payable in installments, the Minister promises.
The Ministry of Justice understands that people have payment issues now that life has become so expensive. That is why it wants to help people. Until now, people who paid a fine in installments had to pay additional costs. With an official installment plan, those additional costs can be avoided.
Such an installment plan can be requested digitally via the website of the Federal Public Service for Justice (FOD Justitie) as of October 2022. Payments can be spread over a period of maximum six months and will be interest-free.
This year, the police wrote more than three million speeding fines. The province of Antwerp alone registered more than one million fines for speeding, or almost one quarter more than in 2021.