Van Hool builds 54 battery buses for Groningen and Drenthe

March 24, 2023

Belgian bus builder Van Hool has signed a contract with Qbuzz, public transport operator in the Netherlands, for the delivery of 54 battery-electric buses. Earlier, news broke that Qbuzz also ordered 63 e-buses from Ebusco. The buses will be used for regional passenger transport in the Dutch provinces of Groningen and Drenthe. Qbuzz has decided […]

Amsterdam considers 20 kph maximum speed for e-bikes

March 24, 2023

The city of Amsterdam is planning to reduce the speed of electric bicycles to 20 kilometers per hour to improve road safety. Introducing a maximum speed should tackle the increasing number of accidents with e-bikes. According to a 2021 AT5 survey among 1 900 inhabitants (AT5 is a local television station in Amsterdam), 75% of […]

Badger population paralyzes Dutch rail traffic

March 23, 2023

Dutch rail is struggling with a badger plague. The animals often nest near and under railway tracks, which today is the case at forty locations, particularly in the eastern part of the country. After acute difficulties in Friesland, the animals are now causing problems between Eindhoven and Den Bosch. Rail manager ProRail fears that the […]

Lineas opens new freight train link from Ghent to Lyon

March 22, 2023

The port of Ghent (North Sea Port) and shipping company DFDS have joined forces. Together, they have inaugurated a new freight train connection to transport 8 000 containers annually to and from Lyon. Now, there is a new multimodal connection between Sweden, Belgium, and France. Freight train operator Lineas will initially run the train three […]

Audi launches ‘in-car flowerpot’ with Daniel Ost

March 21, 2023

If it were up to Audi, we would all have a flowerpot in our car. That is why the premium car brand introduces the ‘car plant’, an absolute first for the renewed Audi Q8 e-tron. With this innovation, Audi responds to the needs of almost one in four car owners (24%) who would like to […]

IPCC climate report: ‘A clear path forward, but time is running short’

March 21, 2023

To keep global warming below 1,5°C, greenhouse gas emissions must go down immediately. This means no more greenhouse gases may be released than can be restored or removed from the atmosphere. That is the alarming conclusion of the latest report of the IPCC, the climate panel of the United Nations. “The most important message is […]

E-scooters most problematic obstacles for visually impaired

March 20, 2023

Mobility is a basic right, but for (partially) blind people, the road is, unfortunately – literally – littered with obstacles. That is why the Braille League wants to raise awareness about mobility among blind and visually impaired people. The organization, therefore, has organized a large-scale survey among about 700 respondents and is repeating its sensitizing […]

TotalEnergies sells all its Dutch and German fuel stations

March 17, 2023

The French oil and gas concern TotalEnergies sells all its gas stations in Germany and the Netherlands – almost 1 600 – to Alimentation Couche-Tard, the Canadian multinational operator of convenience stores, offering a wide variety of products for people on the go. In Belgium and Luxembourg, TotalEnergies is the market leader with 619 gas […]

VAB: ‘Eight in ten youngsters in favor of total alcohol ban when driving’

March 16, 2023

Eight out of ten young people in Flanders are in favor of zero tolerance for alcohol behind the wheel. Almost 17% do not support such a proposal. That is what a survey by mobility organization VAB revealed. Earlier this month, the European Commission proposed a total alcohol ban for new drivers. Novice drivers should not […]

Flanders adds almost 200 average speed checks this year

March 16, 2023

Between 2019 and today, the Flemish government added 234 average speed checks on 136 locations. This year, another 194 controls are planned on 109 locations. According to Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), they’re a “concrete and effective measure to reduce the number of accidents”. Excessive speed is one of the biggest killers in […]

Dutch KNMI: ‘2022 was driest and sunniest year ever’

March 15, 2023

Global warming is causing more and more extreme weather conditions. According to the Dutch weather and climate institute KNMI (Koninklijk Nederlands Meteorologisch Instituut), 2022 was the driest and sunniest year ever registered since the beginning of the measuring. According to KNMI’s latest report, ‘The State of our Climate’, the summer of 2022 got 17% more […]

Belgian-Danish energy island connection to be delayed

March 15, 2023

The planned connection between the Belgian and Danish energy islands will be delayed. The Danish authorities estimate that the project will be finalized by 2033 and not in 2030. Nevertheless, Minister for Energy Tinne Van der Straeten (Groen) is planning a meeting with her (new) Danish colleague Lars Aagaard (Moderates) to shorten that period. Denmark […]

11.000 solar panels make Brussels Expo a large solar plant

March 14, 2023

Brussels Expo and photovoltaic cell provider EnergyVision put more than 11 000 solar panels into use on Monday. With a capacity of 4,7 MWp, Brussels Expo has become one of the largest solar farms in the Brussels Region. Previously, that honor was reserved for the Gare Maritime and the surrounding buildings. The solar system’s construction […]

‘Three-country’ train finally welcome in Belgium

March 14, 2023

The die is cast: the so-called ‘three-country train’ will finally be welcome on Belgian territory. As of December, the train will connect three countries: every hour, a train will run between Liège (Belgium), Maastricht (the Netherlands), and Aachen (Germany). The plans for the three-country train – a Dutch initiative – go back to 2016, when […]

Flanders plans 100 hectares of solar parks to light up tunnels

March 13, 2023

Flemish Mobility Minister, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), wants to install solar panels on the unused land of The Agency for Roads and Traffic (Agentschap Wegen en Verkeer, AWV) to generate renewable energy and reduce AWV’s high electricity bill. The last invoice amounted to no less than 45 million euros. The energy will mainly be used […]

SD Worx: ‘One in 500 Belgian employees has mobility budget’

March 13, 2023

Today, one in 500 Belgian employees has a mobility budget (MOB). Their number almost doubled in one year: from 0,10% in 2021 to 1,18% in 2022. With the federal mobility budget, employees exchange their (right to a) company car for a budget they can use to organize their own mobility sustainably. Given the limited absolute […]

T&E: ‘Europe wastes area larger than Ireland on biofuel production’

March 10, 2023

A new study by the Institute for Energy and Environmental Research (Institut für Energie- und Umweltforschung, IFEU), commissioned by Transport & Environment (T&E) reveals that the European Union wastes millions of hectares of fertile cropland for the production of biofuels. Crops for biofuels consumed in Europe require 9,6 Mha of land – an area larger […]

German ID Design presents versatile e-motorcycle concept

March 10, 2023

The MIUNIK Salt concept from German design firm ID Design is a lightweight, maneuverable, and practical electric motorcycle. It is built on a modular platform and intended for the urban dweller. The vehicle’s aim is to provide a multi-faceted user experience thanks to a very deliberate design that can be mixed and matched to suit […]

Construction E313 rush-hour lanes Beringen-Ham starts

March 09, 2023

The construction of rush-hour lanes on the E313 between Beringen and Ham (Limburg) in the direction of Antwerp will start on Friday. Temporary road signs will be installed, and the actual works at exit complex 25a Tessenderlo will start on Saturday. Entrances and exits in Tessenderlo toward Antwerp will be renewed before the summer. The […]

Belgian dredgers to jointly test offshore floating solar park in Ostend

March 09, 2023

The Belgian marine engineering companies DEME and Jan De Nul and engineering office Tractebel have jointly developed new floating solar technology capable of operating in harsh marine conditions. This summer, they will set up a test installation off the Belgian coast for experiments. SEAVOLT, as the project is called, combines the expertise of solar, environmental, […]

‘Women emit less greenhouse gases than men’

March 08, 2023

Women’s lifestyles are less polluting than men’s, but the ‘fair sex’ is more often the victim of climate change. That is the remarkable conclusion of an economist consulted by the French international news agency AFP. A nice little tidbit to reveal on March 8th, International Women’s Day, focusing on issues such as gender (in)equality. “Even […]

Gilkinet wants hefty fines for promoting street racing on social media

March 07, 2023

Anyone bragging about street racing or driving excessively fast on social media or TikTok should be severely fined. At least, that’s Mobility Minister Georges Gilkinet’s opinion. Gilkinet (Ecolo) proposes penalties of up to 1 000 euros and/or one year without a driver’s license. Excessive speed has always been considered one of the major killers in […]

IEA: ‘Global CO2 emissions rose less than initially feared’

March 03, 2023

Global energy-related carbon dioxide emissions rose by under 1% in 2022, which is less than initially feared. The growth of solar, wind, EVs, heat pumps, and energy efficiency helped limit the impacts of increased use of coal and oil amid the global energy crisis. That is the conclusion of a recent analysis, ‘CO2 Emissions in […]

EU proposes ‘universal’ digital driver’s license

March 02, 2023

The European Commission wants to introduce a universal digital driver’s license. It should be accessible on smartphones and other digital devices, and it should be easier to replace or renew someone’s license. Such a digital document, issued nationally, should be recognized throughout Europe. According to the Commission, youngsters in the EU should be able to […]

Ghent: ‘Axing bus stops undermines the public’s support’

March 02, 2023

Flemish public transport company De Lijn refuses the city of Ghent’s request to no longer remove bus stops. De Lijn counters that by saying it is adapting its bus network to the principles of ‘basic accessibility’ and that stops can disappear and be added elsewhere. “The idea is to strengthen public transport where demand is […]

DEME and De Nul to jointly build Belgian offshore energy island

March 01, 2023

Dredging companies DEME and Jan De Nul, world leaders in dredging and constructing offshore wind farms, are joining forces to create the energy island that will be built off the Belgian coast. Both Belgian companies – eternal competitors but now united in a new consortium called TM Edison – have won the tender for constructing […]

‘Average Flemish citizen dies 15 months earlier due to particulate matter’

March 01, 2023

Flemish citizens lose fifteen months of healthy life due to exposure to fine particles in the air. That is the disturbing conclusion of Statistiek Vlaanderen, the Flemish governmental agency network that develops statistics. Due to air pollution, in 2021, 153 healthy life years were lost (per 10 000 inhabitants) in the Flemish region, 10 000 […]

Ship shortage delays construction of offshore wind farms

February 28, 2023

The construction of new wind farms at sea risks being delayed, reports research company BloombergNEF. The reason for the delay is the shortage of large vessels used for the installation of wind turbine foundations on the ocean floor. Offshore energy is considered a crucial alternative to fossil fuels. It should help reduce CO2 emissions and […]

65% of UK drivers say aggressive cyclists threaten their safety

February 27, 2023

Almost two-thirds of drivers (65%) in Britain believe aggressive cyclists and motorists are putting lives at risk. Of over 2 000 drivers surveyed, the majority of respondents claimed that both aggressive motorists (78%) and aggressive cyclists (65%) are a threat to their personal safety. That is the conclusion of a recent survey commissioned by road […]

Vattenfall and Stromma to electrify Amsterdam canal boats

February 24, 2023

Vattenfall, a state-owned Swedish multinational power company, and Stromma Group, a sightseeing bus and boat service provider operational in six countries, are investing in emission-free, electric sightseeing boats. They will kick off their project in Amsterdam, and electrify Stromma’s boat fleet to provide fossil-free transportation. Vattenfall will supply the battery system for the emission-free operation […]

Still fewer Dutch youngsters with driver’s license than before corona

February 24, 2023

Last year, more young candidate drivers (<20) in the Netherlands got their driver’s licenses than in 2021. Still, their number is smaller than before the corona outbreak. According to the Central Office for Statistics (Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek, CBS), this is due to the corona measures. As a result, driving lessons could not take […]

Schiphol Airport tests self-riding wheelchair service

February 23, 2023

Amsterdam Airport Schiphol and Axxicom Airport Caddy are launching an experiment with self-riding wheelchairs this week. The wheelchairs, equipped with smart technology from WHILL Autonomous Mobility, are already being used successfully at major airports such as Tokyo International Airport in Japan. The wheelchair service should improve customer satisfaction and contribute to Schiphol’s objective to make […]

Vias: ‘More 65+ cyclists than ever died on Belgian roads’

February 23, 2023

Last year, traffic in Belgium killed 521 people, 8% more than in 2021. One out of three victims was a cyclist or pedestrian. The number of cyclists killed increased from 74 to 95, the highest figure ever. And people aged over 65, many of them driving an electric bicycle, accounted for half of the victims. […]

More EU road deaths but still under pre-corona level

February 22, 2023

Since car traffic in Europe started to get going again after the corona crisis, the number of road deaths went up again. Fortunately, the figures remain below those before the corona pandemic. Last year, there were three percent more deaths on European roads compared to 2021. In 2022, about 20 600 people died in traffic. […]

Costs of CO2 emission rights break through €100 per ton ceiling

February 22, 2023

For the first time since the European Union introduced the CO2 emission rights, the price of 100 euros per ton of CO2 was exceeded on Tuesday. The leading EU Allowance contract briefly peaked at 101,25 euros. A milestone reflecting the increased price factories and power plants have to pay when they pollute. The European Union […]

Works start on first six km of Brussels-Ghent F2 bicycle highway

February 21, 2023

On Monday, February 20th, the preparational works for an important part of the bicycle highway between Ghent and Brussels started. The F2 bicycle highway runs from Ghent – via Melle, Wetteren, and Aalst, among others – to Brussels. The F2 passes various train stations, optimizing multi-mobility. Workers began by clearing shrubs and trees near the […]

Flanders will not allow car inspection centers to raise prices

February 20, 2023

Last year, the Flemish technical inspection centers wanted to raise the prices by 33%, but their proposal was immediately turned down by Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld). She suggested doing something about customer friendliness first, according to the newspaper Het Laatste Nieuws. Lately, there has been a flood of complaints about long waiting […]

VAB: ‘8/10 Flemish drivers would flunk official theory exam’

February 17, 2023

More than eight out of ten Flemish drivers would flunk their theoretical driving test if they were to take it again. That is what mobility organization VAB discovered after organizing a large-scale ‘traffic quiz’. Almost five thousand people participated in the quiz; 86,1% failed. Although most of them have had their driver’s licenses for ten, […]

TomTom: ‘Brussels 14th most congested city in the world’

February 16, 2023

TomTom, the Dutch developer of location and navigation technology, has acclaimed the city of London as the city with the slowest traffic in the world. Last year, drivers needed 36 minutes and 20 seconds on average to cover a 10 km stretch in the British capital. Brussels sits in 14th place in the world ranking, […]

Vias: ‘8% drive while using sleeping pills or tranquilizers’

February 15, 2023

Almost one in seven young drivers drove under the influence of one or more drugs in the past month. Eight percent of Belgian motorists – 5% in Flanders and 8% in Wallonia – drive a car after using sleeping pills or tranquilizers at least once a month. In Brussels, the problem is even worse: 17% […]

Antwerp plans two public fast charging squares for EVs

February 15, 2023

The city of Antwerp is planning to install at least two ‘fast charging squares’ for electric vehicles on its territory. Each of them will have eight fast charging points where electric vehicles can recharge a considerable amount of kWh in 20 to 30 minutes, depending on the type of vehicle. A high-voltage cabin will guarantee […]

‘43,7% more cycling commuters during rush hours in Brussels’

February 14, 2023

The number of cyclists traveling through Brussels during the morning rush hours almost doubled in 2022 compared to 2021. Cyclists seem to be moving increasingly safely in the city. The conclusions come from the Bicycle Observatory. Four times a year, the Bicycle Observatory organizes bicycle countings in the Belgian capital. The 104 hours of manual […]

Car use in Belgium still 7,5% lower than before pandemic

February 13, 2023

In 2022, car use in Belgium increased slightly again. The average passenger car covered 16 589 kilometers last year, or 8% more than in 2021. Nevertheless, this figure remains 7,5% lower than in pre-corona times. The differences are smaller for vans. Light commercial vehicles covered an average of 19 542 km last year, which hardly […]

‘Japanese are world’s best drivers, Thai the worst’

February 10, 2023

With 1,45 billion vehicles worldwide, the car insurance experts at Compare the Market, a UK price comparison website founded in 2006, wanted to see which countries really do have the best and worst drivers. The researchers ‘analyzed’ drivers in 50 countries, although the method used should be taken with a pinch of salt. They looked […]

John Deere introduces first battery-electric lawn mower

February 10, 2023

John Deere, the American manufacturer of agriculture machinery and lawn care equipment, has just announced that it’s joining the electric revolution and launching a line of battery-powered residential ride-on lawnmowers. Up first is the Z370R Electric Ztrak Residential Zero Turn mower, launched on Tuesday. The new fully electric ride-on mower – an industry-first, according to […]

IEA report: ‘Weather increasingly defines energy supply and demand’

February 09, 2023

In the future, the supply and demand of electricity will increasingly depend on the weather circumstances. That is the conclusion of the International Energy Agency’s latest report presented in Paris on Wednesday. The report highlights the need for faster decarbonization and accelerated deployment of clean energy technologies. Drought and heat waves in Europe, India, and […]

Freight transport by rail drops to lowest level in six years

February 08, 2023

Last year, freight transport by train fell by 7,5% compared to 2021. According to data on the open website of rail network manager Infrabel, it reached its lowest level in six years, with 58,3 million tons. In 2021, freight transport by train reached its highest level in more than ten years, with almost 63 million […]

Poppy expands its car-sharing service to Liège

February 08, 2023

Poppy Mobility, the car, e-scooter, and e-bike sharing daughter of D’Ieteren Automotive, is taking its first steps in Wallonia, in Liège, to be more specific. The shared mobility company, with a fleet of bright red vehicles, has been active in Antwerp, Mechelen, Brussels, Ghent, and the Belgian airports. In January of this year, Poppy announced […]

Fourth Antwerp Scheldt tunnel construction started (update)

February 08, 2023

The Belgian Council for Permit Disputes rejected on Tuesday the claim of four nature movements for a speed procedure to suspend the environmental permit to build a fourth tunnel under the River Scheldt in Antwerp. The Council judged the claim insusceptible as the environmental action groups neglected to act in time but didn’t give a […]

Dutch market for e-bikes and LEVs grew by 24%

February 07, 2023

About 42% of Dutch citizens older than 18 own one or more electric bicycles, electric motor scooters, or light electric vehicles (LEV). Together, all those vehicles represent 12,4 billion euros. However, in 2021, this was ‘only’ €10 billion – an increase of 24% compared to the previous year. The figures come from Multiscope’s E-bike Monitor, […]

Belgium to deduct traffic fines from recalcitrant’s pay slip

February 06, 2023

According to the Federal Public Services for Justice and Finance, 94% of fined traffic offenders pay a fine spontaneously. This means that 6% of infringers refuse to pay voluntarily. However, in the future, recalcitrant offenders risk seeing the amount disappear from their pay slips automatically. In March 2020, a new procedure was introduced. Since then, […]

Again +86,3% speed pedelec registrations in Belgium

February 06, 2023

Speed pedelecs, the high-speed e-bikes, remain extremely popular. After the record year 2022, the number of new registrations in January was 86,3% higher than in January last year. This means 1 341 new vehicles were registered in the past month. The wintery weather conditions had no decelerating effect on registrations. Also, second-hand speed pedelecs continue […]

Amsterdam will ban coaches from city center from 2024

February 03, 2023

The city of Amsterdam has decided to ban heavy coaches (+7,5 tons) from the city center as of 2024. The decision has been taken because the many buses – up to 450 a day – are a nuisance for inhabitants. The bus traffic causes congestion in the narrow streets of Amsterdam and creates unsafe situations […]

Channel Tunnel’s capacity may expand to 1.000 trains a day

February 02, 2023

After the commissioning of a more powerful power supply, tunnel operator Getlink announced on Wednesday that up to 1 000 trains a day will eventually be able to use the Channel Tunnel. Previously, six trains could travel through the tunnel simultaneously in each direction. This could rise to eight in the future, including a new […]

Service cars of Flemish ministers cover 1,3 million km (update)

February 02, 2023

Since 2020, the nine ministers of the Flemish government have covered 1 325 379 kilometers with their service cars. That’s the equivalent of driving around the earth 33 times. Zuhal Demir (N-VA), Minister for the Environment, who lives in the remote province of Limburg, beats them all with 308 840 km on the counter. In […]

EU to support new night train Amsterdam – Brussels – Barcelona

February 01, 2023

The European Commission has selected ten pilot projects for new train connections between European cities. One of those pilot projects is a new night train, connecting Amsterdam, Brussels, and Barcelona, similar to European Sleeper’s earlier announced Brussels-Amsterdam-Berlin line. The Commission will also support several other pilot projects to stimulate the expansion of international rail traffic […]

VSV: ‘smartphone in car holder is no safe option’

January 31, 2023

Flemish drivers are thick-headed. Despite earlier campaigns and an official ban, three out of ten Flemish motorists still use their cell phone, holding it in their hands or having it lying next to them while driving. A rather large group, one in three, uses it when the device sits in a fixed holder on the […]

Flanders records 1.000 applications for public charging near home

January 31, 2023

In Flanders, anyone who has an electric car but no place to charge it (at home or nearby), can request a public charging station at a maximum of 250 meters from their home. Since September 1st, when the Flemish government introduced the proposal, almost a thousand applications have already been received to install a public […]

Antwerp inaugurates new ‘city liner’ trams

January 30, 2023

Last Saturday, public transport company De Lijn inaugurated its first new trams in Deurne (Antwerp, Belgium). From Monday, January 30th, the so-called ‘city liner’ (‘stadslijner’, in Dutch) will be used for the first time on line 10, connecting Wijnegem and Schoonselhof. The new trams are 30 meters long and can transport up to 187 passengers. […]

Amsterdam opens underground shelter for 7.000 bicycles

January 26, 2023

After 4,5 years of work, Amsterdam has inaugurated a new, underground bicycle shelter in front of the central station of Amsterdam. The secured bike racks, built under the water of the station square, offer parking space for almost 7 000 vehicles. Cyclists can park their bikes 24/7, the first 24 hours are free. Cyclists enter […]