Viapass: ‘Ukraine war also impacts Belgian transport’

January 31, 2023

The number of toll kilometers driven in Belgium fell last year due to the war in Ukraine, so reports Viapass. This public body coordinates and organizes road pricing in Belgium. Still, revenues from tolls rose to 829,3 million euros in 2022, or a slight increase of 1,86%, but this is mainly due to the indexation […]

Ghent’s medieval Butcher’s Hall becomes bike shed

January 30, 2023

In Ghent, the great Butcher’s Hall, a historic building in the city center near the Castle of the Counts, will become a bicycle shed. The 15th-century market building is in deplorable condition and will be renovated. The city council has decided this. The Butcher’s Hall has had commercial use for a while. In the 1920s, […]

Gilson: “Infrabel now head of the European pack in rail management”

January 27, 2023

Belgian railway network operator Infrabel has inaugurated a new control room in Brussels. This forms the completion of a major operation in which 368 outdated signal boxes were replaced by ten modern counterparts. The program started 18 years ago and represents an investment of nearly 1 billion euros. It turns the operator into one of […]

MyBike: central register against bike thefts in Belgium

January 26, 2023

The federal government in Belgium will conclude an agreement with the regions to set up a central bicycle register, MyBike. On it, owners can store the details of their bicycle and file a report, as well as check whether a second-hand bicycle has been reported as stolen. The initiative for a national bicycle register was […]

Bicycle allowance for all employees in Belgium from May 1st

January 25, 2023

By May 1st at the latest, all workers in the private sector will be entitled to a bicycle allowance. In addition, trade unions and employer organizations concluded a supplementary collective agreement in the National Labour Council (NAR). The compensations, indexed annually, amount to 0,27 euros per km for those who regularly cycle to and from […]

Fairbrics to transform captured CO2 into clothing polyester in Antwerp

January 24, 2023

The French start-up Fairbrics, a pioneer in the field, wants to capture the CO2 released by manufacturers to transform it while using molecular chemistry into polyester spools for the clothing industry. To that end, it will establish a factory in Antwerp, a pioneering project that should be up and running by mid-2024. The project is […]

Self-driving shuttle at Brussels Airport turns out to be ‘too complex’

January 23, 2023

The project to run a self-driving electric shuttle bus at Brussels Airport has been called off. Nearly eight years after initial plans, the development of such a bus is proving too complex. The cancellation of the urban autonomous transport project in cooperation with about four Flemish cities is another setback for De Lijn in its […]

N-VA pleads for 30 km/h speed limit on cycle paths

January 20, 2023

The Flemish nationalist and conservative political party N-VA wants a maximum speed of 30 km/hour for cyclists on the cycle path in built-up areas. So says Flemish MP Marius Meremans. Speed pedelecs would still be allowed to drive faster but on the roadway. However, Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) does not think it is […]

Only Lufthansa remains to bid for take-over ITA Airways

January 19, 2023

German airline group Lufthansa is the only bidder to take a stake in Italian airline ITA Airways, the successor to Alitalia. This was announced by the Italian Ministry of Economy and Finance on Wednesday evening, after the deadline. Earlier in the day, French-Dutch airline group Air France-KLM had announced that it would not submit a […]

Hertz to deploy 25 000 EVs for Uber drivers in Europe

January 18, 2023

US car rental company Hertz will make 25 000 electric vehicles available to Uber drivers in Europe by 2025. The two companies announced this in a joint statement on Tuesday. The first vehicles will be available for hire in London from January. The initiative will then be extended to Paris, Amsterdam, and other major cities. […]

Luxair flies from Antwerp to London again

January 17, 2023

Antwerp Airport reopened its connection with London on Monday. Luxembourg-based airline Luxair is responsible for the link to London City Airport. In the first phase, they will fly to the British capital four times a week. Although flying is climate-friendly compared to before, traveling by Eurostar remains a good deal less polluting, even if the […]

Belgian Rail wants to bet on ‘silence cars’

January 16, 2023

Belgian railroad company NMBS/SNCB is preparing a pilot project with silence cars, where passengers who like to travel in silence can take place. This is what newspaper De Standaard writes, and NMBS/SNCB spokesperson Bart Crols confirmed the news. “The public service contract with NMBS/SNCB includes a lot of novelties for greater passenger comfort,” wrote Mobility […]

Belgian Rail passes 200 million passengers again

January 13, 2023

Belgian railway company NMBS/SNCB once again carried more than 200 million passengers last year. The previous two years had failed to reach that mark due to the corona crisis. “On average, the number of passengers is about 90% of the passenger volume in 2019,” the railway company says in a press release. For 2022, NMBS/SNCB […]

Brussels invests €500 000 extra in fast charging stations

January 13, 2023

The Brussels-Capital Region is releasing 500 000 euros to support eleven private projects to roll out fast and ultra-fast charging stations for EVs. This was announced by Brussels Minister for Energy and Climate Transition Alain Maron (Ecolo). Brussels wants to make 22 000 charging points accessible to the public by 2035, both on and off […]

Acerta: ‘Belgians are using their car less to commute’

January 12, 2023

For the first time in five years, Belgians use their cars slightly less to commute to work. On the contrary, public transport is again as popular for commuting to work as before corona, and the number of company cars reaches a new record. This is according to the annual mobility barometer of HR service provider […]

Frontline pulls plug on intended merger with Euronav (update)

January 11, 2023

The intended merger between the Norwegian oil tanker shipping company under Cypriot flag, Frontline, and the Belgian sector peer Euronav is definitely off. Frontline pulls the plug, and the company does not give an official reason for abandoning. In reaction to the news that came like a bolt from the blue, Euronav management says that […]

No green light for average speed checks in Brussels Annie Cordy tunnel

January 10, 2023

The arm wrestling between the Brussels regional and local authorities over the activation of the average speed checks in the Annie Cordy tunnel is still ongoing. And it does not look like they are going to be activated immediately. For the municipalities in the northwest of Brussels remain obstructionist. They are now asking for a […]

Netherlands refuels EV-subsidizing moneybox for 2023

January 10, 2023

Dutch individuals buying an electric car this year or leasing one privately can apply for a subsidy again. That popular subsidy moneybox was empty at the end of May, but it is refueled with 99,4 million euros, 8 million euros more than in 2022. Because the amount per car has been reduced, more people can […]

Wind and solar account for almost 20% of Belgium’s electricity mix

January 09, 2023

Last year, renewable energy production continued to increase in Belgium, with several broken records. According to figures published by high-voltage grid operator Elia, in 2022, there was a gradual increase in the installed capacity of onshore wind power (+14%) and solar energy (+35ia. As a result, wind and solar power accounted for 19,8% of the […]

Norway and Germany explore undersea hydrogen pipeline

January 06, 2023

Norwegian energy company Equinor and its German sector partner RWE are planning to build an undersea hydrogen pipeline between the two countries. A protocol agreement has been concluded but a feasibility study will follow first. The agreement was signed in the presence of German Economy and Climate Action Minister Robert Habeck, who is in Oslo […]

Belgian Cockerill to set up electrolyzer gigafactory in Morocco

January 05, 2023

The Belgian, Seraing-based company, John Cockerill, a well-known hydrogen electrolysis specialist, will invest in Morocco’s green hydrogen production sector. This reports the newspaper L’Echo and is confirmed by a press release from the company. The main point of the investment is the creation of a gigafactory dedicated to manufacturing electrolyzers, the first of its kind […]

Renovation of Brussels Belliard and Loi tunnels to take 2,5 years

January 04, 2023

Brussels Mobility has just submitted a request for a permit to renovate and make safe the Belliard and Loi tunnels, the newspaper La Dernière Heure writes. The planned works consist of a complete renovation, without any change in traffic, and should last more than 2,5 years with 15 months of night closure and five months […]

Greece to subsidize taxis up to €17.500 to switch to electric

January 03, 2023

Greece’s Ministry of Environment and Energy has announced the ‘Green Taxi’ plan. With the plan, Greece aims to replace 2 000 old and polluting taxis with purely new electric ones. The Greek government provides a budget of 40 million euros for this purpose. The new program will allow cab owners to apply for a subsidy […]

‘Alcohol involved in third of road accidents on New Year’s Eve’

December 30, 2022

One in three road accidents on New Year’s Eve in Belgium involves a drunk driver. This is according to an analysis by traffic institute Vias. There are significantly more accidents during the night between the old and the new year. On average, 63 accidents involve injuries or deaths, compared to an average of 30 during […]

38 400 scheduled train journeys canceled in 2022 in Belgium

December 29, 2022

More than 38 400 scheduled train journeys were canceled in Belgium last year, a record number. So reports the newspaper De Tijd, which analyzed figures from railway network operator Infrabel from January to November. With more than 38 400 train journeys scheduled to be canceled, 2022 thus already breaks the record from 2016, when just […]

De Lijn renames buses to and from Brussels as R-lines

December 28, 2022

Every bus line of the Flemish public transport company De Lijn driving to and from the Brussels Capital Region will, in the future, be recognizable by a new line number. The new combination consists of the letter ‘R’ and two digits. The letter R stands for ‘regional’. The Flemish transport company, which has some 50 […]

Lille is going to pay motorists not to use their cars

December 27, 2022

The city of Lille is to introduce an eco-bonus to ease highway congestion. So writes the French newspaper Le Monde. Congestion on the highways to Lille during rush hours is increasing so that alarm thresholds for fine particles in the air are increasingly being exceeded. Those who do not use their cars during rush hours […]

Belgians now can pay their traffic fines in slices

December 27, 2022

From now on, those who wish to do so can request a digital repayment plan for traffic fines. So reports Justice Minister Vincent Van Quickenborne (Open Vld). The application is made through the Justice Just-on-Web digital portal and is available for everyone, as the offender does not have to prove his financial situation. The initiative […]

Fleming takes car, train, and bus less often than before corona

December 23, 2022

Flemish citizens don’t take the car, train, or bus as often as before the corona crisis. That is what the second large-scale Covid-19 survey of Flanders, in which 3 730 respondents took part, revealed. The third and final report from Statistics Flanders to gain insight into the impact of the corona pandemic on the living […]

US Postal Service greening its fleet with 66 000 EVs

December 22, 2022

The United States Postal Service (USPS) plans to deploy more than 66 000 electric vehicles by 2028. This will make it one of the largest electric vehicle fleets in the country. The company announced this on Tuesday. The vehicles purchased under this plan will replace the aging fleet of more than 220 000 vehicles, many […]

Brussels Rue de la Loi counted more than one million cyclists

December 22, 2022

More than one million cyclists passed the counting post in Brussels Wetstraat/Rue de la Loi, toward the city center, this year. It’s one of Brussels’ busiest approach roads, with the presence of several notable Belgian and EU governmental buildings. If you also consider the second counting post, in the other direction, the number of cyclists […]

Belgian rail adopts infrared tech against track walkers

December 21, 2022

Belgian railway network operator Infrabel has inaugurated in Brussels an infrared system against track walkers. The system should avoid as many casualties as possible and protect the punctuality of trains. The advanced surveillance system was inaugurated at Brussels-Capelle Church, the busiest point on the rail network with a daily flow of 1 200 trains and […]

Brussels fined nearly 19 000 drivers in LEZ in 2022

December 21, 2022

In the Brussels region, 18 640 fines have already been issued this year for motorists who drove into the Brussels Low-Emission Zone (LEZ) in a car that was too polluting. So reports Brussels Environment. The number of fines rose again compared to last year, despite a longer warning period. Most of the fines are for […]

Walloon government opens door for e-taxis

December 20, 2022

The Walloon government has approved a draft decree to reform the taxi sector to open up the market and integrate innovations without deregulating the activity. The authorities aim to promote integrated mobility, treating the sector’s professionals fairly to guarantee quality and sustainable service, Walloon Mobility minister Philippe Henry (Ecolo) said. In principle, with this taxi […]

No general 100 km/h speed limit on Walloon highways

December 19, 2022

The idea of introducing a general speed limit of 100 km/hour on Walloon hhighhways and main roads has not been included in the Walloon government’s revised climate and energy plan (PACE, Plan Air Climate Énergie). Instead of a general speed limit of 100 km/hour, there will be ‘dynamic management’ of speed limits, says Walloon Mobility […]

Jean-Michel Soors new top executive TEC

December 19, 2022

The Walloon government has appointed Jean-Michel Soors as the new director general of Walloon public transport company TEC. Soors will start on 1 February 2023. Soors’ appointment follows a selection procedure launched in May 2022 to replace Vincent Perelman’s. The latter decided to explore other horizons. TEC Liège-Verviers Soors has a master’s degree in industrial […]

Diesel to be banned in Ghent and Antwerp from 2031

December 16, 2022

No diesel cars will be allowed in the low-emission zones (LEZ) of Antwerp and Ghent from 2031, the Flemish government decided this week. The newspaper De Morgen was the first to report that, and the deadline for gasoline cars in 2035, which will also be banned. Even plugin hybrid will no longer get free entry. […]

IKEA to deliver customers in Paris via the Seine

December 15, 2022

IKEA launched its first ‘low-carbon’ delivery operation to customers in Paris on Wednesday, with the help from the Belgian inland waterways specialist Blue Line Logistics. From now on, IKEA will use the Seine river and electric last-mile delivery vehicles to bring the furniture to the customers’ homes. “We are the first major distributor to serve […]

Pedestrians campaign against e-scooters lying around in Brussels

December 15, 2022

On Wednesday, the Brussels pedestrian platform Walk kicked off an awareness campaign about the consequences of badly parked shared e-scooters and bikes lying everywhere on sidewalks. A stop was made at Brussels North station to present the demands to the Brussels Minister for Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen). Safe pavements In 2023, the Brussels […]

France offers €100 bonus to boost daily carpooling

December 14, 2022

The French government has announced a 100-euros boost for motorists who join carpooling in 2023 for short and long journeys. After a first plan initiated in 2019 and the difficult corona years for carpooling, the government thus wants to boost this practice, which limits traffic jams and pollution. The 50 million euros dedicated to these […]

Brussels launches website with 2.311 EV charging locations

December 14, 2022

The Brussels region has launched the new website, which groups all information on public charging stations for electric vehicles – today exactly 2 311 – in the capital. Brussels Environment Minister Alain Aaron (Ecolo) also announced that EnergyVision won the public contract for 500 new charging points. To support the electrification of the car […]

Construction of Flanders’ longest bicycle bridge started

December 13, 2022

In Machelen, work started Monday on constructing a 710-meter-long bicycle and pedestrian bridge, the longest in Flanders. The new bridge not only ensures a safe crossing but also forms a hitherto missing link in the route of the future Ring Cycle Path and connects to the future cycling highway F201. The works are expected to […]

Belgian police action: no traffic fines for a whole month

December 12, 2022

From Wednesday night until 15 January, there will be no more parking or traffic fines issued in Belgium. This is what the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws writes, and it is confirmed by Carlo Meno of the National Syndicate of Police and Security Personnel (NSVP). Police unions are reaching for major resources in protest against the […]

ArcelorMittal launches Steelanol bio-fuel project in Ghent

December 09, 2022

In the port of Ghent, steelmaker ArcelorMittal has inaugurated its ‘Steelanol’ project, which converts gas from its blast furnaces into bioethanol. The project represents an investment of 200 million euros. It is part of the company’s plans to become carbon neutral by 2050. “Our customers are looking for green steel, and we want to lead […]

IATA chief calls ban on short-haul flights in EU ‘absurd’

December 08, 2022

France will ban short-haul domestic flights in favor of the train. The country was given the green light by the European Commission to abolish flights between cities if the link by train offers an alternative solution with trips of fewer than 2,5 hours. But Willie Walsh, the Director General of the International Air Transport Association […]

Five new aircraft and 200 recruits for Brussels Airlines

December 08, 2022

Brussels Airlines is expanding its fleet and offering in preparation for summer 2023. It is also creating more than 200 new jobs. The airline is thus adding five new Airbus A320 neo aircraft to its fleet, reducing its carbon footprint. Most of the additional jobs are flying personnel, some of whom are already being trained. […]

Waasland joins Antwerp’s e-bike sharing system

December 07, 2022

The extensive e-shared network in the Antwerp region is as good as completed. Indeed, after Antwerp, the orange bikes of the Danish company Donkey Republic will be extended to the Waasland region in East Flanders. In this way, some 36 cities and municipalities are participating in the network today. According to Beveren Mayor Marc Van […]

Air France-KLM to buy 800.000 tons of sustainable aviation fuel

December 06, 2022

Air France-KLM is to buy 800 000 tons of non-fossil Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) over ten years from TotalEnergies to meet its environmental objectives. The two companies signed on Monday a memorandum of understanding for this, starting in 2023. The fuel will be produced by TotalEnergies in its biorefineries and made available to Air France-KLM […]

France prepares for power cuts in public transport

December 06, 2022

Due to the energy crisis, electricity outages may be possible in some European cities this winter. In France, struggling with its supply as several nuclear plants are out of service, public transport considers all scenarios to avoid stranding passengers, including electricity cut-offs. Although the metro system will be spared a power cut this winter, trams […]

Belgian rail board approves amended management contract

December 05, 2022

On Friday, Belgian’s railway company NMBS/SNCB board of directors approved the future management contract. It will now be submitted to the unions for their opinion, with the federal government expected to give the final go-ahead before the end of the year. Many details about the management contract are yet unknown. However, several broad outlines are […]

Umicore to supply battery materials to Volkswagen in US

December 02, 2022

Belgian materials specialist Umicore and PowerCo, the battery company of German automotive giant Volkswagen, are to expand their partnership in battery materials. To this end, they are exploring a long-term strategic agreement to supply PowerCo’s future giant electric vehicle plant in North America. Umicore reports this in a press release. Umicore and PowerCo have also […]

Ryanair to purchase sustainable fuel from Shell

December 02, 2022

Low-cost airline Ryanair has signed an agreement with Shell to supply more sustainable aviation fuel (SAF). The oil and gas group will help make SAF more available to the Irish carrier’s fleet at 200 European airports. This mainly concerns Ryanair’s largest bases in Dublin and London Stansted. Ryanair has already partnered with Neste, the world’s […]

Court rules 30 km/h in Paris to be maintained

December 01, 2022

As in some other European cities, including Brussels, the maximum speed limit for cars in Paris will remain 30 instead of 50 km/hour on all roads. The decision of the capital’s mayor and the police prefect has been in place since 30 August 2021 but has now been officially upheld by the Paris administrative court. […]

New P+R car park in the north of Brussels

December 01, 2022

In Jette, in the north of Brussels, the regional agency has opened a new 50-space interchange car park on the grounds of the UZ Brussel. This P+R parking with access control is the first in Brussels under shared management. The Brussels-Capital Region now has eight car parks designated as Park & Rides: Erasmus, Coovi, […]

Alstom preps Lineas shunting locomotive to drive fully autonomous

November 30, 2022

A locomotive of Belgian rail freight company Lineas carried out a demo run in the Netherlands fully autonomously on Tuesday. In the process, the locomotive also encountered obstacles on the rails, reports Alstom, which is developing the technology. The demonstration, which took place near Breda, concludes a series of tests that are part of a […]

Brussels gets 35 extra radar speed traps

November 30, 2022

Thirty-five new speed camera posts will be installed on the capital’s roads next year. Brussels Mobility Minister Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) has announced that. According to the minister, 30 poles have been ordered and received. The installation of 17 to 20 radars is planned for 2023 based on the new radar plan. For the […]

CBS: Dutch car dealers’ turnover rises by almost 25%

November 29, 2022

Car dealers in the Netherlands saw their turnover rise by almost a quarter (24,3%) in the third quarter compared to the same period a year earlier. This was mainly due to price increases. Used cars were never so expensive before, reports the Dutch governmental statistics institute (CBS). A year ago, the turnover in the Netherlands’s […]

Belgium wants to revoke driving license faster for drink-driving

November 28, 2022

Federal Minister for Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) wants driving licenses in Belgium to be automatically and immediately revoked even at lower blood alcohol levels. Suppress newspapers report that. The figures for drink-driving in Belgium are still alarming: between January and October, there were 3 138 accidents on Belgian roads in which the driver had drunk […]

Shared e-scooters in Paris get number plates

November 25, 2022

Shared e-scooters in Paris will be equipped with number plates. The operators of the mobility services have announced this. The number plates should make it easier to report traffic offenses committed by users of the e-scooters, such as driving through the red light or riding two on the vehicle. Things had not been going well […]

MR and PS slam brakes on Belgian driving license with points

November 24, 2022

Back in May, the MR and PS within the federal majority were not overflowing with enthusiasm for the introduction of the point-based driving license in Belgium. Now, both parties are jamming on the brakes again now that a more elaborate proposal of the three competent ministers is on the government table, writes the newspaper L’Echo. […]