Average delay in Wallonia for technical car inspection is 58 days

Last year, almost 1.2 million cars were presented for technical inspection in Wallonia. According to statistics from the Public Service of Wallonia, Mobility, and Infrastructure, 20% of them came later than the expiry date of the inspection certificate.

On average, Walloons were 58 days late; in 2019, for example, it was 55 days. Different problems are apparently not getting solved.

Sometimes, up to 2 years late

In 2023, 1,175,386 cars were presented for technical inspection in Wallonia, compared to 997,345 in 2019, the last reference year before the outbreak of the coronavirus crisis. 9,2% of the cars that passed the expiry date of the inspection certificate were less than one month late, and 9,17% were between one and six months late.

In this regard, some drivers wait a very long time before presenting their cars for a roadworthiness check. In 2023, 257 were between one and two years behind schedule, and 281 were more than two years behind schedule.

This does not necessarily mean they were driving without a technical inspection. “Certain vehicles, even if they are registered, remain immobilized for a certain period, sometimes years, before they circulate again on the road,” says Serge Toussaint, spokesperson for the SPW Mobility and Infrastructure, in the newspaper La Capitale.

A fine of up to €56

Latecomers are penalized. In 2024, the fine will rise to 9.9 euros for a delay of less than one month, 14.6 euros for up to three months, and 28.1 euros for four to six months. Beyond the semester, the amount will remain fixed at 56.1 euros, which is the equivalent of the classic price for a basic check.

In general, in the first half of 2023, 35,822 infractions for late presentation for periodic inspection were noted across Belgium. A little less than a third of the fines were issued in the Brussels Region (10,386), compared to 14,047 in Flanders and 11,389 in Wallonia.

Cars represent the bulk of the tickets, but there were also trucks (28 in Brussels, 369 in Flanders, and 272 in Wallonia) and buses (11 in Brussels, 6 in Flanders, and none in Wallonia).

Wallonia does not follow the Flemish example

Flanders decided in February that vehicles with less than 160,000 km will now only have to undergo the test every two years, but Wallonia is not following suit.

Walloon Road Safety Minister Valérie De Rue (MR) had the impact of the Flemish measure on Wallonia studied if it were to be introduced there, too. This shows that the percentage of vehicles four years old and with 100,000 to 160,000 km on the odometer that is now rejected at 10.5% is almost double the percentage of vehicles with less than 100,000 km (5.5%).

“The Flemish measure would, therefore, automatically extend the validity of the inspection certificate for vehicles that are almost twice as often refused under the current system. This would be more riskier for road safety,” said De Rue.

The minister also pointed out that the number of vehicles with less than 160,000 km rejected consistently rises according to age, from almost 8% for 4-year-old vehicles to almost 14.5% for 11-year-old vehicles. “If we applied the Flemish system, 25,000 vehicles that are rejected today would not be checked tomorrow and would therefore be allowed to continue driving around.”


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