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. […]

Brussels to spend €1,4 billion of its total budget to mobility

November 23, 2022

The Brussels government will allocate an additional 125 million euros to Mobility next year, increasing the budget to 1,448 billion euros in the 2023 budget. This amounts to 20% of the Brussels Region’s budgetary funds. “The government is taking its responsibility on mobility challenges, the climate change, and health crisis, and more generally on the […]

Paris considers e-scooter ban for safety reasons

November 21, 2022

Paris is considering banning its 15 000 free-floating shared electric scooters riding around in the French capital. Local authorities are concerned about public safety on the city’s sidewalks. Shared e-scooter providers Lime, Dott, and Tier, active in Paris’ city center, are promising a series of improvements, but whether their licenses will be renewed is a […]

End of road for tax-free electric driving in UK

November 21, 2022

As of April 2025, electric car drivers in the UK are no longer exempt from road tax. Chancellor Jeremy Hunt made the measure public during his Autumn speech, stating that this would make the system “fairer”. Generally, it is not expected that the new standard will have a significant effect in slowing down EV adoption. […]

Belgian driving license with 12 points ‘almost ready’

November 18, 2022

The Belgian version of the points-based driver’s license is about to see the light of day. So report several newspapers, including De Morgen and La Libre Belgique, which saw the draft by three competent ministers. The primary measure in the draft, which comes after more than 30 years in limbo in the federal parliament, is […]

Brussels launches citizens’ climate assembly with 100 residents

November 17, 2022

The Brussels Region will launch a permanent citizen’s parliament on climate next year. According to Brussels Minister for Climate Transition Alain Maron (Ecolo), the initiative is a world first. Panels of 100 Brussels residents each will be able to ask questions, make recommendations, and be structurally involved in climate policy. They will also monitor what […]

Volkswagen refuses dieselgate reconciliation proposal in Belgium

November 16, 2022

The German car manufacturer Volkswagen has refused a reconciliation proposal from the Belgian consumer organization TestAankoop/TestAchats in the so-called dieselgate scandal. The jurisdictional procedure will thus be continued, and the case will probably appear before the court in May 2023. The consumer organization wanted to use the recent change of power at the VW top, […]

Vias pleads for ban on laughing gas after Dutch example

November 15, 2022

Belgian traffic safety institute Vias would like to see nitrous oxide, the so-called ‘laughing gas’, forbidden in Belgium too. The Dutch Ministry of Public Health, Welfare, and Sport recently announced that from January 1st, 2023, the aforementioned product will be on the list of banned substances. In other words, possession, sale, and use of laughing […]

EU’s Euro 7 proposal to include pollution from brakes and tires

November 14, 2022

Last week, the Commission proposed reducing air pollution from new motor vehicles sold in the EU. The aim is to meet the European Green Deal’s zero-pollution ambition while keeping vehicles affordable for consumers and promoting Europe’s competitiveness. The proposal tackles emissions from tailpipes as well as from brakes and tires. The latter will also apply […]

Sweden scraps climate bonus for EVs and PHEVs overnight

November 09, 2022

The new Swedish government has scrapped EV and PHEV bonuses quasi overnight, excluding all cars bought after November 8th, 2022. “The cost of owning and driving a climate bonus car is starting to be comparable to the cost of owning and driving a petrol or diesel car. Therefore, the climate bonus is abolished,” the government’s site […]

Flanders orders study to analyze kilometer tax applied to vans

November 09, 2022

Flemish Mobility Minister Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) has launched a study into the possible extension (and greening) of truck kilometer tax. The study has to analyze whether the existing truck kilometer tax should be extended to vans. Road transport on Belgian roads keeps on growing. According to Viapass, the interregional government that manages and coordinates […]

LEZ: Wallonia no-go zone for cars built before 1996 (update)

November 09, 2022

Wallonia might consider for its regional low-emission zone (LEZ) postponing the ban on Euro 0 and Euro I cars for two years until 2025, Minister for Environment Céline Tellier (Écolo) has said on the news channel LN24. “In crisis times, it would be unthinkable to force people to buy a new car,” she added. The […]

LEZ in Brussels will also apply to mopeds from 2025

November 08, 2022

Drivers of scooters and motorcycles have not had to worry much about whether they are still allowed to enter Brussels since the introduction of the LEZ (Low-Emission Zone). However, this will change in 2025. From 1 January that year, the criteria will be tightened, and the LEZ will also apply to thermal mopeds, except for […]

Brussels inner city starts traffic filtering at end of November

November 03, 2022

At the end of November, the city of Brussels will inaugurate the second phase of Good Move, the circulation plan to make the Brussels Region a more car-free zone, reports the newspaper Le Soir. Specifically, a dozen traffic filters with ANPR cameras with number plate recognition capabilities will become operational. This means that drivers will […]

Regulation for e-scooters in Brussels Region finally on the way

October 31, 2022

The Brussels government’s eagerly awaited draft decree regulating shared bicycles and e-scooters is as good as ready. However, the text, which received a first reading on Thursday, does not yet have a political agreement. It still must be finalized with the municipalities, the operators, and the various police zones, among others. However, it does seem […]

EU takes next step to have ICE car ban by 2035 written in stone

October 28, 2022

Thursday evening, the negotiators of the European Parliament and the Member States have reached an agreement to have all new cars and vans sold beyond 2035 to be zero-emission. It’s the ultimate step to have the ban on gasoline and diesel cars, including (plugin-) hybrids, written in stone before final ratification. “This extremely far-reaching decision […]

Vias: ‘Drivers have 2% of their time smartphone in their hand’

October 27, 2022

Despite actions and sensitizing campaigns, drivers cannot resist using their smartphones at the wheel. Traffic safety institute Vias discovered that car drivers spend 2% of their time on their cell phones while driving, and van drivers even more: 4%. Truck drivers are distracted for 6% of their time by using their phones at the wheel. […]

Good Move in Brussels remains under pressure

October 26, 2022

The Good Move circulation plan in the Brussels region continues to cause a commotion. After protests, the municipality of Schaerbeek is already implementing the first modification to the circulation plan. The Interprofessional Federation of Self-Employed Entrepreneurs SDZ demands repealing the Good Move circulation plan. With its Good Move plan, Brussels wants to improve mobility in […]

Unions take European action against Uber

October 25, 2022

The European Trade Union Confederation, an umbrella organization of European trade unions, is taking action against taxi and courier service Uber at the European Parliament. Remarkably, the socialist union ABVV-BTB is also participating, even though it reached a ‘historic’ agreement with Uber last week. Hearings will take place in the European Parliament on Tuesday about […]

Belgian socialist union strikes historic deal with Uber

October 24, 2022

Socialist transport union BTB-ABVV has struck a deal with US taxi and meal delivery service Uber concerning self-employed drivers and couriers. The agreement is the first of its kind within the EU. However, the deal is encountering quite a lot of incomprehension from Christian and liberal unions, several Mediahuis newspapers report. Historic turnaround The socialist […]

Walloon road tax reform most likely back to square one

October 24, 2022

The reform of the Walloon road tax, as desired by Walloon Minister of Energy, Infrastructure, and Climate Philippe Henry (Ecolo), is highly unlikely to materialize. Several Walloon media report this, including La Dernière Heure and La Libre Belgique. The reform of the Walloon road tax, which included a 50-euro levy that Walloon drivers would have […]

Flanders postpones tightening of LEZs

October 24, 2022

The Flemish government will not immediately tighten the low-emission zones in Flanders. That decision will be postponed due to the citizens’ purchasing power crisis. Minister for the Environment Zuhal Demir (N-VA) announced the decision on Friday. Normally, the Flemish government would tighten the low-emission zone regulation on January 1st, 2025. According to the new regulation, […]

Euro 7 to leave carmakers some slack?

October 24, 2022

The new Euro 7 ruling for tailpipe emissions is reportedly not going to be as drastic as feared. It seems that the European Commission is giving some leeway to carmakers who strongly lobbied against stringent measures. The new ruling will most likely eclipse the current standards for gasoline-powered vehicles under Euro 6. According to the […]

EU parliament approves binding targets for charging infrastructure

October 21, 2022

On Wednesday, the European Parliament adopted the new ‘Alternative Fuels Infrastructure Regulation’, abbreviated as AFIR, which set forth minimum requirements for charging infrastructure and hydrogen refueling all over Europe. In the new AFIR regulations, every member state is required to build charging stations for EVs at least every 60 kilometers on highways. For hydrogen stations, […]

Touring: ‘Almost 50% of drivers don’t use indicators on highway’

October 20, 2022

Almost half of all car drivers in Belgium flatly refuse to use their blinkers when they change lanes on the highway. That is what mobility organization Touring noticed during a random sample survey on a few highways. Some Touring teams installed themselves on the bridges covering the E17, E19, E40, and the Brussels beltway. In […]

After Molenbeek and Anderlecht, Jette now also puts circulation plan on pause

October 19, 2022

The Brussels municipality of Jette is putting the further development of its circulation plan on pause. Mayor Claire Vandevivere (Les Engagés) announces that the circulation plan, due to numerous criticisms, will be evaluated ahead of time, and residents will be extensively questioned. Among the green majority parties, there is dissatisfaction with the decision. On the […]

ROL: ‘Air quality in Antwerp ‘street canyons’ as bad as 12 years ago’

October 18, 2022

The air quality in Antwerp, and more particularly in the many so-called ‘street-canyons’ – densely populated streets with high buildings where pollution is ‘trapped’ – has still not improved. That is what the action group Recht op Lucht (ROL) (‘the right to clean air’) concludes after some measurements in the city. “Our findings should be […]

Citizens demand stop to Good Move plan in central Brussels

October 18, 2022

In a citizen’s interpellation at the Brussels City Council on Monday, citizens demanded the immediate halt of the ‘Good Move’ traffic plan in the center. The citizens said they had not been sufficiently consulted. They also blamed the Alderman for Mobility, Bart Dhondt (Groen), for not being visible enough on the ground. In turn, some […]

Flanders reserves €30 million for safe school surroundings

October 17, 2022

End of 2020, Flemish Minister for Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) asked local authorities in Flanders to list dangerous traffic situations in school surroundings. Today, plans are being made for 523 (74%) of the 708 listed locations. Meanwhile, 182 situations have been improved, and 92 projects are still in the pipeline. The planned works include […]

BelDrive enables online apply for provisional driver’s license

October 14, 2022

Belgian citizens can apply for their provisional driver’s license via the BelDrive app as of Monday, October 17th. Those who apply online only have to pass by the town hall once to collect their provisional driver’s license, and – at a later stage – the permanent one. With the app, the Federal Public Service for […]

Wallonia to increase road toll for trucks up to 22,85% for +32 tons

October 13, 2022

The rate per kilometer for trucks will be indexed by almost 10% (9,97%, to be precise) in Wallonia. The Walloon Region wants to increase it further for vehicles over 32 tons to the level of Flanders, i.e., a total increase of 22,85%. So reports the newspaper L’Echo. Rates in Wallonia will be indexed on 1 […]

VAB wants standard driver’s license based on automatic transmission

October 11, 2022

Flemish mobility organization VAB, the largest driving school in Belgium, pleads for introducing a standard driver’s license for cars with an automatic transmission because, with the rapid rise of electric cars, it is no longer necessary to teach candidate drivers to shift gears manually. On Monday, VAB also announced that it intends to electrify half […]

Flanders’ mobility minister considers agility test for speed pedelecs

October 07, 2022

Two speed pedelecs crashed on Thursday in Genk (Limburg). One of them, 46-year-old David Camps, died on the spot; the second (52) was seriously injured. The accident happened on a two-directional bikeway, and both cyclists came from opposite directions. So, both ended up in a frontal collision. Flemish Minister of Mobility Lydia Peeters (Open Vld) […]

LEZ improves air quality in Brussels and pushes diesels out

October 07, 2022

Since the introduction of the low-emission zone (LEZ) in Brussels, the number of diesel cars in the capital has fallen, and air quality has improved. This is evident by the latest monitoring by Brussels Environment. In particular, the proportion of Euro 4 diesel vehicles, banned in 2022, has fallen sharply. It went from 14% in […]

Uber opens app to book classic taxis in Brussels

October 05, 2022

With Uber Taxi, the Californian mobility provider Uber introduces a new feature for rides in Brussels, allowing conventional or ‘traditional’ taxi drivers to offer rides through the Uber app. The company reported this in a press release on Wednesday. After the Brussels parliament approved the new Taxi Plan in July, which aims to unify the […]

New York also bans ICE-powered cars and pickups from 2035

September 30, 2022

New York State has officially banned the sale of new, emission-intensive passenger vehicles by 2035. Governor Kathy Hochul announced this on Thursday. It thus follows the example of California, which in August made the historic decision to ban sales of new gasoline-powered cars by 2035. In addition, several local transit agencies will also commit to […]

Anderlecht toward complete makeover Good Move circulation plan (update)

September 28, 2022

After twelve days of protests by disgruntled residents, shopkeepers, and even the security services against the new circulation plan in the Cureghem district, the municipal council of Anderlecht had no other choice Tuesday evening than to scrap the project and remove all concrete blocks in the streets. The committee “No to the Good Move Plan” […]

Mazda and fuel makers urge EU to keep ICE alive after 2035

September 26, 2022

In a joint letter to EU policymakers, Mazda, a coalition of fuel makers, and CLEPA, the European association of automotive parts suppliers, ask to safeguard an additional route to defossilize transport next to electrification. According to the alliance, the high cost of raw materials, geopolitical uncertainty, and a complex roll-out of sufficient charging infrastructure across […]

New in Belgium: alternating parking for bicycles and cars

September 26, 2022

Ghent Alderman for Mobility Filip Watteeuw (Groen) has ‘re-invented’ a new traffic sign for Belgium, getting the inspiration from Copenhagen. The new blue-white road sign indicates that cars and bikes can park alternately depending on the day’s moment. The new road sign will be valid and may be introduced in all Belgian cities and municipalities […]

SD Worx: ‘Teleworking gives mobility budget a boost’

September 22, 2022

During the last seven months of 2022, the number of employees who opted for a mobility budget in Belgium increased to 0,022% compared to 0,015% last year. These figures still are disappointingly low, but there is a change. Teleworking and the possibility to finance rent or mortgage loans make the difference. The mobility budget was […]

Belgian ‘middle lanes’ to protect cyclists not applauded by everyone

September 20, 2022

Mobility Minister Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) has given the go-ahead to establish so-called ‘middle lanes’. This new type of public road should ensure greater safety for vulnerable road users, especially cyclists. The adaptation of the traffic regulations will take effect from 1 October. The pressure group Cyclists Association (Fietsersbond) does not react highly enthusiastically. Initial studies […]

Wallonia turns off lights on highways

September 20, 2022

From 19 September, the lights go out at night on many Walloon highways. The measure comes at the initiative of the Walloon government and the administrator Sofico in response to the energy crisis, reports Walloon Energy, Mobility, and Infrastructure Minister Philippe Henry (Ecolo). Specifically, the measure involves lights on the central reservation of highways going […]

Belgian liberals to blow up car inspection monopoly?

September 19, 2022

If it were up to the Open Vld, car inspection as we know it today would be dropped, and periodic vehicle inspections would be put in the hands of garage owners instead of the current (regional) government-regulated monopoly of technical centers. This was one of the propositions adopted at the annual party congress of the […]

Gatz and Peeters propose to link road pricing and Brussels Ring dossiers

September 15, 2022

Flemish Mobility Minister, Lydia Peeters, and her Brussels Finance colleague, Sven Gatz, (both Open Vld) are calling for an agreement between the Brussels Region and Flanders linking smart road pricing to a partial widening of the Ring Road. They say this in an interview with the Brussels weekly BRUZZ. There have already been initial talks […]

Ecolo’s proposal for 100 km/h on Walloon highways gets ‘njet’

September 12, 2022

Philippe Henry (Ecolo), the Walloon Minister for Climate, Energy, and Mobility, wants a speed reduction on the roads, including 100 km/hour instead of 120 on the highways. But it immediately gets a ‘njet’ by his coalition partners. The proposal is part of the Climate-Energy Plan, which should enable Wallonia to achieve its objectives in the […]

‘Traffic fines will be payable in installments in Belgium’

September 12, 2022

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 […]

Uccle wants to temporarily ban parking of shared e-scooters

September 09, 2022

The municipality of Uccle wants to ban the parking of shared e-scooters on its territory temporarily. So says the newspaper Le Soir. Mayor Boris Dilliès (MR) and his municipality seek the appropriate legal remedy. The mayor is tired of the delay in Brussels legislation. Mr. Dilliès has already demarcated several zones where the steps may […]

Dutch minister wants to increase traffic fines by 8,6%

September 06, 2022

The Dutch Minister of Justice and Security, Dilan Yeşilgöz (VVD), is planning to increase the frequently occurring traffic offenses by almost 8,6%. The prices rise with inflation, as is the case for other products. However, some fines will not exceed the upper limit of 450 euros. What does this price rise in real terms mean? […]

Fewer positively tested drivers during Belgian summer Bob campaign

September 05, 2022

In the last twelve months, the police conducted alcohol tests among more than 322 000 drivers. Almost 2,5% of 7 972 motorists tested positive. The lowest number in five years, according to traffic safety institute Vias. Still, the federal police put these results into perspective. “We’ll only be happy when the number of drunk drivers […]

Paris makes motorbikes and scooters pay to park

September 02, 2022

Since Thursday morning, motorbike and scooter users must pay to park in Paris. Two companies have been dispatched to track down offenders. Paris has been working for some time to reduce motorized traffic in favor of cyclists and pedestrians. The measure is difficult to digest for the motorcycle community. “We have to get out of […]

Toyota to invest heavily in battery production and BEVs

September 01, 2022

Toyota, the world’s number one car manufacturer, has announced that it will invest 5,3 billion euros in launching its own battery production. The plants will be built in Japan and the US, and production will start between 2024 and 2026. The investment is partially included in the big investment envelope that Toyota decided on last […]

Engie and TotalEnergies win Flemish tender for 10 000 charging points (update)

September 01, 2022

The roll-out of 10 000 extra charging points in the public domain in Flanders – on demand for those who don’t have the means to charge an EV at home – will be realized in the next two years by French energy giants Engie and TotalEnergies. They won the public tender, which divides Flanders into […]

France persevering in €100/month EVs for low-income households

August 31, 2022

The French government seems to be persevering in its plans to subsidize electric vehicle leasing. Thanks to government support, all-electric vehicles could become available for as little as €100 per month. The news came up after a television appearance by Budget Minister Gabriel Attal. Such an EV leasing scheme would also follow an election promise […]

‘One in three Walloon drivers does not realize he had too much alcohol’

August 26, 2022

The Walloon Road Safety Agency (AWSR) has just analyzed the first results of the breathalyzer stations installed in different establishments in Walloon Brabant since the beginning of the summer. And what turns out to be the case? 24% of people with at least 1,14 g of alcohol in their blood believe they are under the […]

California officially bans new ICE-car sales by 2035

August 26, 2022

The State of California is officially banning sales of cars and light trucks with an internal combustion engine (ICE) from 2035 on, following the path of the EU in its Green Deal. But it leaves a loophole for carmakers to have 20% of their sales being plug-in hybrids, as long as they have a pure […]

Brussels app for road pricing in test phase

August 25, 2022

As it has always indicated, the Brussels region is not burying the introduction of the smart mileage charge. For several days, the Brussels-Capital Region has been looking for a few hundred persons to test the SmartMove mobile application. Brussels Fiscal Affairs developed this app to calculate and record the smart kilometer charge. This is what […]

Mexico to have state monopoly on lithium exploitation

August 25, 2022

The Mexican government has founded a state-owned company to extract and market lithium. According to a decree by President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, the raw material is to be produced and distributed exclusively by Litio para México (lithium for Mexico). The company aims to start operations in six months at the latest. According to the […]

Tesla raises the price of Full Self Driving by 25%

August 23, 2022

In North America, Tesla is again raising the price of its Full Self Driving service (FSD), a feature making it possible for its cars to perform semi-autonomous driving. It is the second price hike this year and the add-on, which customers can buy retrograde, now costs five times more than at launch. Until September 5th, […]

Four traffic lanes in Brussels’ Belliard remain permanently

August 23, 2022

The four traffic lanes in Brussels Belliard Street – which used to have five lanes – will remain permanently. This is what several French-speaking media outlets are reporting, based on a report by the Bruzz news site. However, the two ‘temporary’ cycle paths, which are enclosed by concrete blocks, will become permanent. Permission to do […]