Mechelen introduces first shared cargo e-bikes

January 27, 2020

The city of Mechelen is planning to introduce a shared cargo bike platform by the end of this year. The first two e-models were launched on Saturday for a test ride at the presentation of a regional vegetal garden on the median strip. Mobility solution The Cargoroo bikes, as they are called, will be parked […]

Is superfast 5G ‘super dangerous’ for human health?

January 27, 2020

Now that 5G is close to its breakthrough, people start to protest against it because of its dangerous radiation. But is it as dangerous as they claim? Let’s check the facts in five questions. What is 5G precisely? 5G is the logical successor of the existing 4G networks. “It allows wireless communication,” explains professor Guy […]

100 kph limit on Brussels ring-road will be introduced in 2020

January 24, 2020

The speed reduction from 120 km/hour to 100 km/hour on the Brussels ring-road will be introduced before the end of 2020. That is what the Minister of Mobility and Public Works, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), announced in the Flemish Parliament on Thursday. Air quality The speed reduction is one of the 350 measures of the […]

Louvain ‘Abacus’ project to get company structure

January 23, 2020

The so-called ‘Abacus Project’ or ‘Counting Frame Project’ (Telraam in Dutch), an initiative of Transport & Mobility Louvain, Mobiel, and Waanz.in, wants to create its own company structure within two or three months. ‘Counting window’ A ‘counting frame’ or ‘counting window’ is a digitized system with sensors and a camera to measure traffic in real-time. […]

FlixBus breaks record with 3 million Belgian passengers

January 22, 2020

Last year, the German FlixBuses transported three million passengers in Belgium alone. An absolute record. The explanation for their popularity? “Traveling by Flixbus is easy and cheap,” users say. “When traveling by car traffic is congested, and the train trip is too expensive,” says Omar El Hassane, who paid ten euros for the two-hour bus […]

Dutch resign to traffic congestion

January 21, 2020

According to a new survey by the knowledge institute for mobility policy (Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid, KiM), Dutch drivers no longer see traffic jams as a social problem. While 72% of the Dutch considered traffic congestion on highways unacceptable, the number decreased to 35% in 2019. Antisocial behavior Other nuisances like aggression, noise annoyance, air pollution, […]

‘More Belgians than Dutch commute by leased bike’

January 20, 2020

The Belgian bicycle show Velofollies that opened its doors on Friday for the public is drawing the attention of the Dutch. Especially the leased ‘company’ bike is an eye-catcher for our northern neighbors. ‘Bicycle country’ “Although The Netherlands has a reputation as ‘bicycle country’, more Belgians are commuting by a leased company bike,” said Ilse […]

Stint to be called Buszy on victims relatives’ request

January 17, 2020

Relatives of the dramatic Stint accident in Oss, in September 2018, have asked whether the vehicle can be rebaptized when it will hit the road again. Edwin Renzen, the builder of the Stint, has complied with this request, and the new ‘bolderkar’, as the Dutch call the vehicle, will be named ‘Buszy’. Since the accident, […]

French rail strikes give FlixBus a boost

January 17, 2020

In the past few weeks, the German long-distance coach company, FlixBus, transported 40% more passengers between Belgium and France due to the persistent rail strikes in France. The French railway company is on strike against the retirement plans of president Emmanuel Macron, and the German Flixbus is benefiting from the actions. Strike actions “Since December […]

Bruges replaces diesel tourist boats by electric fleet

January 17, 2020

On Wednesday, the city of Bruges has launched its first electric tourist boat. The ceremony took place near the Gruuthuse company along the Dijver watercourse. It is the first boat in a series of five that have to replace a fleet of diesel vessels. No emissions, no odors The electric boat is nine-meter-long and has […]

Flemish socialists doubt usefulness of LEZ

January 16, 2020

The cameras of the newly introduced low-emission zone in Ghent registered 5.072 offenders during the first week of January. They will not be fined yet; they’ll just get a warning. Fines of 150 euros will be imposed as of February. The introduction of the measure was announced last year. Transition period The high number of […]

University think tank includes nuclear in Belgian sustainable energy plan

January 15, 2020

Metaforum, the interdisciplinary think tank of the KU Louvain, has published its vision on sustainable and feasible energy and climate policy. The text ‘Sustainable Energy Provision for Belgium’ sides with the Paris climate agreement and the European Green Deal and works out how Belgium can contribute. Renewable energy The authors of the text took up […]

Velofollies: ‘More e-bikes cause more accidents on Belgian roads’

January 14, 2020

The number of speed pedelecs on the Belgian roads increased significantly in 2019. More and more people consider the fast-riding bikes an alternative for their second car. According to the service for vehicle registrations (Dienst voor Inschrijvingen Voertuigen, DIV), last year, 13.416 speed pedelecs were registered or 40% more than the year before (9.364). In […]

Dutch use Flitsmeister app to bypass 100 kph speed limit

January 13, 2020

Speed controls with mobile speed cameras have become useless in The Netherlands due to the popular app, Flitsmeister, that allows drivers to warn each other for speed controls. Last year, there were more controls but 10% fewer fines, according to an analysis of the Flitsmeister’s data. Hardly any fines anymore Public services are worried because […]

Utrecht to ban (most) cars from newest residential district

January 10, 2020

The city of Utrecht, together with Amsterdam, is determined to ban the car from their city centers. On Thursday, local authorities of Utrecht and several project developers signed an agreement for an experimental but ambitious housing project along the Merwede Channel. The project is meant to become the first (almost) car-free zone in the Netherlands. […]

Comparing prices of car sharing extremely difficult

January 09, 2020

Car sharing is a good idea, but how much does it cost? Until a few years ago, the situation was clear. If you needed a shared car, there was Cambio. Period. Meanwhile, however, the Flemish driver can choose between several tens of alternatives, each with their specific formula, says Jeffrey Matthijs of Autodelen.net, an independent […]

TLV: ‘JBC using private drivers for return delivery is illegal’

January 09, 2020

According to Transport and Logistic in Flanders (Transport en Logistiek Vlaanderen, TLV), the idea of the Belgian fashion chain, JBC, to have parcels returned by commuters is illegal. The professional association that represents 1.500 Flemish transport companies considers juridic actions when the fashion store continues its plans. On Tuesday, JBC announced it is going to […]

Elia: ‘Belgium produces more energy than it uses’

January 08, 2020

Last year, the total consumption of electricity in Belgium decreased by 3%. In 2019, consumption was 84,7 terawatt-hours or the lowest level since 2014. Older figures are not available. Decreasing consumption “We have seen a decline in the energy consumption for some years now,” says Elia spokeswoman, Marleen Vanhecke. “Especially the industry has improved its […]

New Brussels North bus station ‘hardly an improvement’

January 07, 2020

Passengers of public transport company De Lijn no longer need to wait at the dark and filthy bus stops of the Brussels North station. On Monday, the Flemish bus company inaugurated its new temporary bus station on the North Square next to the train station. Dark and filthy From now on, all departing buses – […]

Jupiler launches campaign ‘not to drink beer’

January 07, 2020

The Belgian brewer, AB Inbev, the producer of the famous Jupiler beer, launched a remarkable sensitizing campaign this week on radio and television. In the build-up to the Brussels Motor Show that is opening its door on Friday, the brewer introduced the slogan “Cars built with love, are to be used with care”. The text […]

Belgian XenomatiX’s lidar sensors ready for breakthrough

January 06, 2020

For the Belgian company XenomatiX, participating in the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas will be a significant start of an extraordinary year. As a Louvain spin-off of Imec, the company produces the so-called lidar sensors. Multi-beam approach Thanks to XenomatiX’ multi-beam approach – using several laser pulses at the same time – they […]

Cambio rounds cape of half a million rides

January 03, 2020

Last year, the car-sharing platform Cambio has registered 551.680 rides. That is an increase of 12,9% compared to 2018 (488.475 rides). In ten years’ time, the number of rides has increased annually by 16%. 41.500 members Also this year, the company expects a 10 to 15% growth of cars, members, and rides. Today, the organization […]

Mobco’s goal of replacing 20% of car km by e-scooter failed

January 02, 2020

Last year, the IT company Mobco in Dilbeek (Brussels, Belgium) offered its employees an original Christmas present: those who already drove a company car were given an e-scooter on top. The compact two-wheelers were part of a smart ‘combi mobility plan’, and were intended to stimulate the owners to use public transport more often. ‘The […]

Truck cartel: 3.200 transport companies file €500 million claim

December 28, 2017

More than 3.200 carriers in 9 European countries have pressed charges against a trust of truck manufacturers in München (Germany). Together they claim a compensation of at least 500 million euro. 2,9 billion euro fine Last year truck manufacturers MAN, Volvo/Renault, Daimler, Iveco and DAF already were imposed a 2,9 billion euro fine by the […]

Study: ‘Priority from right slows down traffic’

December 28, 2017

According to research with a driving simulator, executed by the Institute for Mobility (IMOB, Instituut voor MobiliteitI) and the Hasselt University, car drivers slow down at crossroads where they have to give priority to traffic from the right. “The faster we drive, the more risk there is at an accident and the heavier the material […]

Shanghai has to stop growing

December 27, 2017

On Monday Chinese government introduced a master-plan, imposing the biggest city of the country to stop growing. Today the most important economical and financial city has 24,2 million inhabitants and only has some space left for about 800.000 additional inhabitants the coming eighteen years. A maximum of 3.200 square kilometer may be built on by […]

Netherlands start tests with autonomous trains

December 27, 2017

The Netherlands will start tests with autonomous trains as from the beginning of 2018. The Dutch railroad company ProRail collaborates with several transporters and manufacturers. There will be several test routes: the Betuwe, a rail route for the transport of goods, the port of Rotterdam, the railroad in Groningen (Arriva), the Schiphol tunnel and maybe […]

Multi-modal route planner shows smartest way to Antwerp

December 26, 2017

Antwerp already had a ‘Slim naar Antwerpen’ (Smart to Antwerp) site, a website advising visitors how to reach the city the easiest way, but since Friday the site was enhanced with an intelligent multi-modal route planner. Users do not have to choose their mean(s) of transport, the route planner offers an overview of all possibilities: […]

Self-driving cars cannot cope with snow (yet)

December 26, 2017

It never snows in Silicon Valley and this worries the engineers of Waymo and Uber among others, pioneers of autonomous vehicles: they do not have enough experience of how a self-driving car  responds to whirling snowflakes. It sees it as hard objects you have to brake for. Light detection and ranging The sensors of those […]

Motorbike market down 9% in spite of traffic-jams

December 22, 2017

The sale of motorbikes during the last eleven months of the year has come down with 9%. Especially the scooter market suffers. Climate conditions are pointed out the guilty part. The sector is astonished, they expected the opposite because of the growing traffic-jams. It is clear for everybody that year after year Belgian car drivers […]

Tour operator offers traveling from one charging station to another

December 21, 2017

The Belgian-Dutch tour operator Pharos Reizen, specialized in car holidays, launches completely outlined car holidays with electric cars as from January 2018. A challenging idea because this also means that there have to be enough charging stations along the planned roads. Another consequence is that the trip and the daily distances have to be adapted […]

Ghent wants its own public transport

December 21, 2017

The city of Ghent wants to organize its own public transport. According to Alderman of Mobility Filip Watteeuw (Groen) Flemish public transport company De Lijn cannot cope with the actual mobility needs of the city. “The situation now is so dramatic that it is time for action”,Watteeuw says. Reformation plan Watteeuw thinks that De Lijn […]

Audi recalls 875.000 cars in Europe for risk of fire

December 21, 2017

German manufacturer of premium cars Audi calls back 875.000 cars in Europa due to fire risk problems with the additional heating system, a popular option for drivers in cold regions. In Germany alone 330.000 cars are concerned, in Belgium 6.821 will have to go back to the dealer. The concerned cars are the models A4 […]

Eindhoven: mega vacuum cleaners for better air quality

December 21, 2017

Eindhoven (The Netherlands) is the first city in the world experimenting with mega vacuum cleaners to get polluting particles out of the air. Researchers of the Technical University Eindhoven selected the Town Hall’s Square ‘Stadhuisplein’ as a suitable location for this experiment. At this location the local car parking garage causes concentrated pollution, especially because […]

Brussels chooses electric articulated Solaris buses

December 20, 2017

Brussels public transport company MIVB/STIB has selected Solaris as supplier for 25 electric articulated buses. Solaris will also build the charging stations for the transport net. The new buses will appear in the streets of Brussels from 2019 on. 21 million euro Solaris will deliver 25 articulated ‘opportunity charging’ buses with a low floor and […]

42% of pupils’ bicycles has defaults

December 19, 2017

‘Veilig Fietsen’, a recent traffic campaign about safe bicycle driving, launched on Monday showed that 42,06% of the bicycles of pupils from the primary and secondary schools in the province of West-Flanders has defaults. The campaign is an initiative of the province and Carl Decaluwé, governor of West-Flanders. 19.185 bicycles From October 1st till November […]

‘Lending car to drunken driver is loosing it’

December 19, 2017

Lending your car to a drunken driver or a driver without a valid driver’s licence may in the near future mean that you loose your car. Authorities are working on a law giving police judges the right to confiscate the car. Third’s party property Reason for this was the case of Miguel V., guilty of […]

First super truck on Walloon roads

December 19, 2017

On Wednesday the first super truck will be put into service on Walloon roads. It will commute between Jupille and Ottignies, a distance of 160 km, the longest for an eco-combi in Belgium. Partners of the pilot project are AB InBev, supermarket chain Colruyt and the transport company Ninatrans. 25 meter long, 60 tons The […]

Saudi women allowed to drive motorbikes and trucks

December 18, 2017

Three months after the announcement Ryad made about the suspension of the law banning women to drive a car, Saudi women now also are allowed to drive motorbikes and trucks. In September the international community had welcomed the ‘historical’ decision of the Saudi kingdom, which was the only country in the world still to forbid […]

Air we breath indoors more unhealthy than we think

December 18, 2017

When we think about air quality we usually associate this with heavy industry and traffic. But the truth is that the air quality in our own homes often is as bad as outside, or even worse. Biggest culprits are open fires and wood burning stoves. Harmful particles According to findings of the inter-regional cell for […]

America waves last Boeing 747 of fleet goodbye

December 15, 2017

Almost fifty years after its first flight Delta Airlines has decided to send the last active Boeing 747 used for passenger flights into retirement. The popular airplane, the preferred model by American presidents, made the world a smaller place and also accessible in less than 24 hours. Mass tourism and traveling to exotic destinations came […]

Stunt with company cars seduces 450 extra cleaning ladies

December 15, 2017

Recently the Flemish cleaning company Het Poetsbedrijf promised suitable candidates a company car or an electrical bicycle to drive to their jobs. A promise that turned out to be successful. Since October the service voucher company has some 450 extra people on the payroll. Job market “More than 70% of them were unemployed. Our solution […]

Belgium on fifth place in European e-commerce

December 15, 2017

E-commerce is well established in Belgium. About 21% of Belgian companies reported sales transactions by internet, good for a fifth place in Europe. According to the European office of statistics Eurostat Ireland stands on the first place in the top five, followed by Sweden (25%) and Denmark (24%). Also The Netherlands – with 22% – […]

Speed pedelecs exempted from social security contribution

December 15, 2017

On Thursday the Council of Ministers decided that the compensation employees get from their employer for using a speed pedelec for their home-work traffic, will be free of social security contributions. The possibility of 120% fiscal deduction for the speed pedelec was arranged by the Belgian Parliament in October. Speed pedelecs are electric bicycles able […]

Dutch to ban polluting mopeds from bicycle paths

December 14, 2017

Several of the biggest cities in The Netherlands, considering to ban mopeds – besides motorbikes – from the bicycle paths, are allowed to do so. This was decided by a majority in the Dutch parliament. Until now mopeds had to ride on the bicycle paths at a maximum speed of 25 km/hour. Now cities have […]

Uber hack: 100.000 Belgian users involved

December 14, 2017

In October 2016 the data of about 100.000 Belgian users were hacked, as was mentioned by the Uber website on Wednesday. Worldwide some 57 million users and drivers of the American taxi service company were victim of the data leak. Subcontractor End November the new CEO of the company, Dara Khosrowshahi, explained in a blog […]

BIPaSS: one app to pay for parking in Brussels

December 14, 2017

Last Wednesday the Brussels agency ‘parking.brussels’ launched a new regional parking platform to uniformize the payment for parking in the Brussels’ Region, BIPaSS. Anderlecht and Molenbeek already introduced the system, the other 17 communities of the Brussels Capital region will follow. Spring 2018 By Spring 2018 you will no longer need cash money to pay […]

Zetsche to leave Daimler for TUI in 2018

December 14, 2017

German’s most famous captain of industry, Dieter Zetsche (64), head of Mercedes-Benz Cars since 2006 and chairman of the board of management at Daimler AG, will no longer be part of the car company. Next year he will replace Klaus Mangold (74) as chairman of the board at travel organization TUI. Vehicle business In 1976 […]

Netherlands to EU Court against German highway toll

December 14, 2017

Dutch minister of Infrastructure Cora van Nieuwenhuizen (VVD) goes to the European Court of Justice to protest against the German plans to levy a toll for passenger cars on highways from 2019 on. A recent study has shown that the tax plans would cost the Dutch car drivers 60 to 100 million euro a year. […]

Scania appeals against EU penalty of 880 million euro

December 14, 2017

On Tuesday the Swedish truck manufacturer Scania announced to lodge appeal against the 880 million euro fine the company is expected to pay for cartel agreements with five other European truck builders. Scania is the only of the five to contest the verdict. Price-fixing The five charged companies – Scania, Daimler, DAF, Volvo-Renault Trucks en […]

Flemish start-up offers empty space in trucks for bulky goods

December 13, 2017

Vengo, a young start-up company in Hasselt (Belgium), has installed an online platform to organize the transport of bulky goods, exploiting the empty space in trucks and vans. “As much as 80% of all trucks on the road are not completely loaded. Twenty percent is even empty. We therefore decided to provide a transport service […]

PepsiCo orders 100 Tesla e-trucks

December 13, 2017

PepsiCo has placed an order for 100 electrical Tesla trucks. The company plans to use them for the transport of snacks and beverages from production sites to distribution centers and retailers in a range of about 800 kilometers, the range Musk promises the semi-trucks can offer on one charge. 10.000 vehicle fleet The 100 Tesla […]

France considers 80 kph on national and secondary roads

December 12, 2017

France’s Prime Minister Edouard Philippe is determined to do something about the numerous fatal accidents on the French roads. On Monday he declared to be prepared to bring back speed limits to 80 km/hour on certain bidirectional national and regional roads. They seem to be the most dangerous and the most fatal: two third of […]

First hydrogen bicycles on French roads

December 12, 2017

On Monday the first hydrogen bicycles were launched in Sint-Lô (Normandy, France). A world premiere, according to Christophe Bruniau, sales manager at Pragma Industries. The bicycle company will provide the region with 20 bicycles, 40 more will follow for other regions in France. The company estimates to sell several hundreds of bikes in 2018. Fuel […]