‘many Brussels citizens think 30 kph zone is fantastic’

February 09, 2021

On January 1st, Brussels introduced the 30 kph speed limit in the 19 municipalities of the Brussels Region on 85% of all roads to improve traffic safety and reduce traffic victims. Such a measure always has its opponents, but a recent citizen’s initiative – ‘I love BRU=30’ – indicates there are supporters as well. To […]

Belgium ready for mandatory motorbike inspection in 2022?

February 03, 2021

Europe will force Belgium to organize a periodic motorbike inspection from January 2022. That news broke already in March last year, but the clock is ticking and questions are asked – in the Walloon Parliament by MP Laurent Agache (Ecolo) for instance – whether Belgium will be ready in time. Walloon Minister for Road Safety, […]

Car sales continue to fall in 2021

February 02, 2021

Car sales continued to decline on the Belgian market in January. Last January, 27,2% fewer passenger cars were sold than in the same month a year earlier. The Belgian market is also doing worse than our neighboring countries. The combination of the corona pandemic and the Brussels Motor Show’s cancellation is at the root of […]

Brussels LEZ: Cdh puts finger on new standard’s delay

February 02, 2021

Brussels Cdh MP, Gladys Kazadi, calls out the regional government to do something about the lack of a defined timeline for the Low-Emission Zone (LEZ) after 2025. When the driving ban was introduced in 2018, the calendar for new restrictions after 2025 was supposed to be set in 2020, but nothing has been written yet. […]

Minister Verlinden to address flaws in law on smart cameras

February 01, 2021

Belgian Minister of the Interior, Annelies Verlinden (CD&V), wants to adapt the law to tackle mobile phone use behind the wheel of a car. That is what the Sud Presse newspapers write. According to Belgian law, the police are currently not allowed to use smart cameras to catch drivers texting while driving. In her answer […]

GM CEO Mary Barra: ‘We want to be carbon neutral by 2040’

January 29, 2021

America’s biggest car manufacturer, General Motors, is the first to react to the new (green) wind blowing from the White House. GM plans to be carbon neutral in 2040 and produce as few polluting vehicles as possible from 2035 onward. On the first day in office, President Joe Biden already announced stricter emission regulations and […]

Brussels Airlines: summer decisive for extra support

January 28, 2021

If Brussels Airlines cannot operate at a reasonable level by the summer months, it will need additional support. Koen Van Loo, managing director of the Federal Participation and Investment Company (FPIM), said so on Wednesday in the Parliamentary Commission for Finance and the Budget. Last year, Brussels Airlines received a 460 million euros support package […]

Renault: Twingo will die, Mobilize is the future

January 28, 2021

French car manufacturer Renault has announced that the current (third) generation of Twingo will be the last. Small cars with combustion engines aren’t profitable anymore. The answer to the mobility problems caused has to be brought by Renault’s new Mobilize department. “Renault will leave the A-segment,” says CEO Luca de Meo. “It has become complicated […]

Residents sign motion against closing of Brussels Ring’s exit 5

January 28, 2021

During Tuesday’s local council meeting in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe, residents have unanimously opposed the Flemish Region’s project to close exit 5, directly connecting the Ring to the municipality’s major artery. The council asks the Flemish Region to revise its plan and offer more public transport solutions. The Flemish Werkvennootschap’s project in Woluwe-Saint-Pierre/Sint-Pieters-Woluwe is ruffling some feathers. The […]

‘Flemish average speed checks finally operational’

January 27, 2021

Flemish Minister for Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), is happy to announce that the problem of the non-functioning average speed checks, a matter that keeps dragging since 2018, is finally ‘solved’. The 212 ‘idling ones’ will be operational, at least partially for some hours a day to prevent a ‘tsunami of fines’ that would be […]

Dieselgate: already 5 years, but the end is not in sight

January 26, 2021

In the never-ending story of Dieselgate, there are some new developments (again). A judge in the Spanish capital Madrid has ordered that Volkswagen has to pay €3 000 compensation to each duped customer. Volkswagen has announced it will appeal. Meanwhile, the judicial process against former CEO Martin Winterkorn has been postponed to April of this […]

Biden: revisiting car CO2 standards to start EV era

January 25, 2021

It looks like America’s 46th President, Joe Biden, started from day one to work on a new ‘electric’ era for the auto industry. During his campaign, he promised plans to cut back emissions, push EVs in the US with scrap and/or purchase premiums, and work on road infrastructure, among which adding 550 000 charging stations […]

Nissan’s UK production site in Sunderland saved

January 25, 2021

The continued existence of Nissan’s British production site has been regularly questioned in recent months due to Brexit. Today, the Japanese manufacturer announces that the assembly plant will be preserved and that there will be an expansion in battery production. This announcement is good news for the 6 000 employees currently working at the Nissan […]

ACEA: 100-fold increase of e-trucks needed to meet EU targets

January 22, 2021

European truck makers estimate that around 200 000 zero-emission trucks will have to be in operation by 2030 to meet the CO2 targets for heavy-duty trucks. Based on new data from the European Manufacturers Association ACEA, this would require a staggering 100-fold increase in the space of under ten years. A new study by the […]

Volkswagen will have to pay EU fine on CO2 targets

January 22, 2021

In contrast with other manufacturers, the VW Group will have to pay a fine of approximately €140 million for exceeding the average CO2 emission rate established for the group in 2020 by 0,5 grams. The pandemic and problems with the ID.3 launch have caused retardation resulting in the fine. According to VW, the fine will […]

Wallonia: €2 billion for roads and waterways over six years

January 20, 2021

Wallonia plans its economic recovery and it will go through road works and investments in waterways. After announcing an investment of €1,5 billion back in 2019, the Region increases the budget to two billion euro over six years. For its part, the Sofico, Wallonia’s infrastructure arm, is set to invest €180 million in a series […]

Brussels region expands enforcement of new Zone 30

January 19, 2021

Thanks to investments in radars and average speed checks, the Brussels police zones are going to carry out targeted checks and impose fines for compliance with the 30 km/hour rule that has been in place in the Capital Region since 1 January. The Brussels region can count on 60 new radars and six new section […]

Amsterdam takes legal action against ‘scan car alarming app’

January 18, 2021

Amsterdam is taking legal action against one of the apps that warn people about ‘scan cars’. The latter can register parked or driving cars that are breaching regulations. Since the introduction of scan cars, there is a proliferation of apps and supporting services to help drivers escape from fines. Earlier consultation did not result in […]

Chatbot digs out whether you’re responsible for accident

January 14, 2021

When you’re involved in a traffic accident, it is not always clear whether or not you were responsible. That is why the Belgian attorney’s office Intolaw developed a special tool to help you. Surf to (my traffic accident) and meet Basil, the sympathetic chatbot that will guide you through the list of questions. The […]

€1,5 billion for Belgian RER/GEN train

January 12, 2021

In a recent interview reported by newspapers La Libre Belgique and La Dernière Heure – Les Sports, Mobility Minister, Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo), and President of the RER/GEN piloting committee, Jean-Pierre Hansen, reveal their ambition for the regional train project. As work begins again on Friday, both believe that planets are aligned, and that completion is […]

Daimler meets EU CO2 targets in 2020 by tripling ‘xEV’ sales

January 12, 2021

German carmaker Daimler is confident it will meet the European CO2 targets set for 2020 by tripling car sales of its Mercedes brand’s ‘xEVs’, plug-in hybrids (PHEV), and battery-electric cars (BEV) combined. On a total passenger car sales of 2,1 million (-7,5%), Mercedes-Benz Cars sold 160 000 xEV worldwide, an 228,8% increase. “Our internal forecasts […]

Magnette: ‘No kilometer tax in Brussels before 2024’

January 11, 2021

“The Brussels city toll will certainly not be introduced during this legislature, not before 2024.” That is what Paul Magnette, President of the PS, says in the business newspaper L’Echo/De Tijd. In a reaction, Brussels Prime Minister Rudi Vervoort (PS) says that “the Brussels government has submitted a project for this legislature, we will continue […]

British car sector will continue to suffer, despite trade agreement

January 07, 2021

Last year, the British car market collapsed: 1,63 million car sales (-29,4%) is the lowest figure since 1992, and the regress is the strongest (in one year) since… 1943. Moreover, the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is not convinced that Brexit will solve things, despite the last-minute trade agreement. SMMT estimates the loss […]

Belgium: are traffic cameras to spot use of mobile phones illegal?

January 06, 2021

The use of mobile phones behind the wheel has been prohibited for a long time, but it remains a persistent practice. To increase the chances of being caught, MP Joris Vandenbroucke (sp.a) wants the police to use traffic cameras for this purpose. Vandenbroucke has submitted a bill to this effect. In doing so, he hopes […]

Van den Brandt suggests kilometer tax for Brussels Ring

January 06, 2021

During the latest mobility commission at the Brussels Parliament, Brussels Mobility Minister, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) suggested implementing a kilometer tax on the Ring to reduce congestion. This came as an answer to Flander’s plan to widen the highway. For Brussels, the SmartMove plan could be extended outside the Region’s borders. Waved by the […]

France: massive return of the radar speed traps

January 05, 2021

After nearly 60% of radar speed traps being vandalized since the beginning of the ‘Yellow Vests’ movement in France, the guardians of speed are back more than ever in 2021. If objectives are met, there will be 4 700 of them instead of 4 150 today. There will be compact ‘city radars’, movable ‘ambush radars’, […]

Brexit: airlift between Ostend and Birmingham

January 05, 2021

From Monday, British airline Jota Aviation, specializing in cargo transport, starts a new airlift between Ostend (Belgium) and Birmingham (UK). Both airports want to prevent possible interruptions or delays in the harbors due to Brexit. Jota Aviation will organize the flights together with its partner in logistics Priority Freight. Since the Brexit, customs and border […]

Brussels City 30: are cars more polluting at 30 km/h?

January 04, 2021

Since 1 January, Brussels is a 30 km/hour zone, except for the major axes where the speed limit remains 50 or 70 km/hour. While the reduction in speed in the city has led to undeniable progress in road safety, the benefits of limiting vehicles to 30 km/hour are not as clear-cut. Several studies have in […]

China reduces NEV subsidies further by 20%

January 04, 2021

China is reducing subsidies to purchase so-called New Energy Vehicles (NEVs) – plug-in hybrids, battery EVs, and fuel-cell cars – by 20% this year. Next year, it will be reduced by 30% and end in 2023. Eventually, China wanted to phase out the subsidies by the end of 2020 but decided in November to extend […]