Lufthansa expects profit, Brussels Airlines loss

August 05, 2022

Lufthansa, led by its cargo arm, has achieved its first quarterly net profit in over two years. Europe’s leading air transport group expects to post an operating profit of at least 500 million euros in 2022. “The Lufthansa group is back in the green,” boss Carsten Spohr said in a statement. “It’s now a matter […]

NMBS/SNCB obtains building permit for new head office

August 04, 2022

The Brussels region has issued the building permit for the renovation and extension of the former postal sorting office at Brussels-Midi station. This was announced by Pascal Smet (one.brussels-Vooruit), State Secretary for Town Planning in Brussels. The Belgian rail company NMBS/SNCB will accommodate its headquarters and many other activities in the future building. A consortium […]

Traxio: ‘Used car market 10,8% down in first seven months’

August 04, 2022

According to mobility federation Traxio, sales of second-hand cars in Belgium further declined in July after relatively better results in May. In July, 49 406 used cars were registered, a decrease of 14,4% (-8 292 units) and even a decline of 31,0% compared to 2020. Over the year’s first seven months, the second-hand market regressed […]

German Tier rolls out 1.500 shared e-bikes in Brussels

August 04, 2022

The German shared mobility platform Tier plans to introduce 1 500 shared e-bicycles in Brussels. The first vehicles are available since Wednesday, and the vehicle fleet will expand further in the coming weeks. Mid-February, micro-mobility provider Tier launched hundreds of new shared e-scooters in Brussels. In the meantime, the company has more than 4 000 […]

Van den Brandt: ‘More lanes on Brussels ring will create more traffic’

August 04, 2022

Brussels Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) is not in favor of increasing the number of lanes on the Brussels Ring Road. She is reacting to the plans of the Flemish government presented last week. Van den Brandt does advocate more bicycle and tram connections to Brussels. According to her spokesperson, increasing the […]

Ghent will get new bicycle bridge to ‘island of Zwijnaarde’

August 03, 2022

Ghent will get a new bicycle bridge over the Tijarm, an unnavigable waterway in the province of East Flanders between Zwijnaarde and Merelbeke. The bridge will be a safe and comfortable connection between the industrial zone ‘Eiland Zwijnaarde’ and the Zwijnaardsesteenweg. Eiland Zwijnaarde is an industrial zone on the ‘island’ of Zwijnaarde with the same […]

Louvain installs 50 ‘mystery’ screens in city center

August 02, 2022

The city of Louvain keeps its residents in suspense by announcing new information panels along the roads. The new LED screens should offer residents and visitors more detailed information about parking facilities and how to get there. But in the meantime, Monday’s press release only shows dead black screens. According to the Alderman for Mobility […]

Belgian rail: almost 22 000 passenger trains canceled in 2022

August 01, 2022

In the first six months of the year, 21 856 passenger trains on the Belgian rail network were canceled due to staff shortage. That is more than in 2017. If the situation does not improve, the 2016 record will be broken. The most important culprit seems to be the national rail, NMBS/SNCB. The company struggles […]

Flanders unveils ‘future-proof design for Brussels Ring Road’

August 01, 2022

The Flemish government has a design ready to reconstruct the northern part of the Brussels Ring Road. In Zaventem, the Ring Road will be given a parallel structure, where through traffic will be separated from local traffic. In Wemmel, a fourth lane will be added. In addition, the slip roads and exits will be relocated […]

Finally average speed checks for Belgium’s longest tunnel?

July 29, 2022

Five years after the installation of the cameras in the tunnel, Brussels Mobility will restart discussions in September about the introduction of average speed checks in the Annie Cordy Tunnel, the former Leopold II tunnel, which is the longest in the country. In 2017, the then State Secretary for Traffic Safety, Bianca Debaets (CD&V), wanted […]

Flanders adjusts bicycle infrastructure guidelines to increased traffic

July 29, 2022

The Flemish government will review and adjust Flanders’ recommendations concerning bicycle infrastructure. That is what Flemish Minister of Mobility, Lydia Peeters (Open Vld), announced. The update is due to increased bicycle use and the growing popularity of other bicycle types like cargo bikes, speed pedelecs, or rickshaws. Today, the existing manual for bicycle facilities contains […]

VIAS: ‘Young people less eager to drive a car’

July 28, 2022

Young people, especially those between 18 and 34 years old, drive less by car. As a result, the share of kilometers they traveled as car drivers has decreased from 55% in 2019 to 45% in 2022. This is evident from the mobility barometer of safety institute Vias, based on an online survey of a representative […]

Hasselt ready to become one 20 kph residential area

July 28, 2022

This summer, the inner city of Hasselt will transform into a residential area with reduced traffic and a speed limit of 20 km/hour for cars and bicycles. Through traffic will be banned, but cyclists and pedestrians will be allowed to use the entire width of the public roads. In addition, parking places in the city […]

Brussels to protect D’Ieteren’s headquarters building

July 27, 2022

The Brussels government is to launch the procedure to protect the D’Ieteren Group’s building in the Rue du Mail/Maliestraat in Ixelles. D’Ieteren recently announced plans to renovate its headquarters and prepare them for the future. The Ixelles site covers 67 000 m² and has been owned by the D’Ieteren family since 1906. It has been […]

France buries plan for technical inspection of motorbikes

July 27, 2022

The French government has abolished the decree imposing technical control for motorbikes over 125 cc from 2023. President Emmanuel Macron is thus fulfilling his promise, even though the measure should be compulsory from this year according to a European directive. According to the French Minister for Transport, Clément Beaune, “other methods can effectively achieve the […]

Brussels bicycle junction network ready end this year

July 27, 2022

In January this year, the Brussels Minister for Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), announced that the Brussels Region would get its own bicycle junction network. Now, the project is entering a new phase. The fieldwork is finished, and signposting is ready to begin. If all goes well, all road signs – some 2 000 […]

Brussels parliament to debate motorcycle noise nuisance

July 25, 2022

A Brussels resident had just obtained the 1 000 signatures needed to set up a participatory commission dedicated to the nuisances generated by motorized two-wheelers. “This shows that this is an important issue for the people of Brussels and that I am not the only one who suffers from these nuisances,” says initiator Marc Escudeiro […]

Number of LEZ in Europe up 40%

July 22, 2022

The number of low-emission zones (LEZs) in Europe has increased by 40% over the past three years. The statement comes from the European Clean Cities Campaign, a coalition of NGOs whose goal is to achieve emission-free mobility in major European cities by 2030. In Belgium, only Brussels has announced a complete phase-out of fossil fuels […]

Stellantis offers 24-month BEV rental at €150 in France

July 22, 2022

Stellantis Group has launched an offer in France to rent a B-segment full electric car for 24 months for a fee starting as low as €150, after an initial downpayment of around €2 000 and targeted at people trading in an old ICE car. The ‘Electric As You Go’ program will likely be extended to […]

Flanders to invest another €45 million in cycling highways

July 19, 2022

The Flemish government will invest an extra 45 million euros in cycling highways. The money comes from the Relay Fund and is shifted within the Copenhagen Fund from the municipalities to the five Flemish provinces, which put the same amount on the table. According to Open Vld ministers Lydia Peeters and Bart Somers, respectively responsible […]

While raising ticket prices Lufthansa performs above expectations

July 18, 2022

Lufthansa more than doubled its turnover in the second quarter compared to last year. The German airline profited substantially from the increased demand for air travel as passengers rush to board planes again for business trips and their summer vacation, but the profit was also achieved because Lufthansa significantly increased the prices of its airline […]

Antwerp Flyinggroup orders 50 electric VTOL airplanes

July 18, 2022

The Antwerp-based private aircraft company Flyinggroup has ordered 50 e-VTOL VX4 airplanes from British Vertical Aerospace (Vertical), a pioneer in electric aviation. Delivery is expected by 2025. Flyinggroup, headquartered in Deurne (Antwerp), manages a fleet of more than 45 private planes in Europe and the Middle East, of which 15 are stationed in Antwerp. Now, […]

Brussels: 40 km temporary ‘corona’ cycle paths remain permanently

July 15, 2022

Brussels will permanently maintain all 40 kilometers of the initially ‘temporary corona bicycle paths’. This is reported by the French-language newspaper La Capital and confirmed by Brussels Mobility. Installed during the lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis to limit the use of public transport, they will not be removed. Permit applications will be submitted in […]

One in two Brussels candidates fails driving license exam

July 15, 2022

Almost half (49,5%) of candidates in Brussels passed their practical license exam last year. More than half, therefore, failed. This is what La Dernière Heure reports. However, the figure is changing for the better: only 44% of Brussels motorists passed their test in 2019 and 45% in 2020. To put things in context: taking the […]

Parking.brussels must find 20.000 off-street spaces by 2026

July 13, 2022

The recently voted parking plan of the Brussels Minister for Mobility, Elke Van den Brandt (Groen), has to pool the available parking spaces in urban areas. By doing so, Van den Brandt is actually following a general tendency in a growing number of large European cities. Van den Brandt wants to see fewer cars in […]

Vias: ‘1 in 3 drivers reduces speed to compensate high fuel prices’

July 13, 2022

Fuel prices are skyrocketing and many Belgian drivers adapt their driving habits. One out of three drivers reduces his speed on the highway, and one out of five even postpones his next refueling stop. That is what Vias, the traffic safety institute, discovered. Vias conducted two surveys and interrogated about 2 000 drivers to analyze […]

Stromer vigour reflects healthy bike market

July 13, 2022

Speed pedelec manufacturer Stromer launches a new top model and an interesting leasing scheme. The relentless activity of the Swiss e-bike manufacturer seems a reflection of the healthy future of the bicycle market, despite current production and delivery problems. Stromer launches its new ST7 top model at the Eurobike fair in Frankfurt. At the same […]

Uber Files: Brussels Pascal Smet accused of ties with Uber’s lobby machine

July 12, 2022

Also in Belgium, Uber used dubious practices to gain a foothold, for example by exerting pressure on governments. This is evident from the revelations of the Uber Files by the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), of which Belgian media such as Knack, De Tijd, and Le Soir are members. In France, it is the […]

Uber Files: Macron under fire for his links with Uber

July 12, 2022

Nearly two months after his re-election, the French opposition is summoning French president Emmanuel Macron to explain himself after the revelation by the press of privileged exchanges between Uber and Macron when he was at Bercy. The left-wing alliance Nupes wants a parliamentary commission of inquiry, while the far-right National Rally (Rassemblement National) is asking […]

De Lijn goes for PSI Transcom’s charging management

July 12, 2022

Flemish public transport company De Lijn has decided to opt for the PSI eBus charging and depot management system from the German PSI Transcom. The PSI software package will control the charging processes of the electric buses and monitor all movements of the buses in De Lijn’s depots. The contract represents an amount of € […]

Flanders rejects noise nuisance study about Brussels Airport

July 12, 2022

The Flemish government does not agree with the environmental impact statement about the noise nuisance of Brussels Airport. That is what the newspaper De Standaard wrote on Monday. The study was ordered in 2017 by then Minister of Mobility François Bellot (MR). The French consultancy agency Envisa finally suggested nine scenarios to spread the nuisance […]

Traxio: ‘10% fewer second-hand motorbike registrations’

July 12, 2022

Despite the resurgence in May, the second-hand motorbike market is falling on hard times. In the first six months of the year, 41 568 vehicles were registered, or a decrease of 10,6% compared to 2021 (46 471 registrations). Registrations of new vehicles decreased by 6,1% compared to last year. In June, 9 852 vehicles were […]

Speed trap cameras flash at 129 kph on Belgian highways

July 11, 2022

After a first pilot project, all cameras on the Flemish highways will be permanently operational as of the end of August. Anyone driving 129 km/hour or more will be caught and fined. There will no longer be any margin of tolerance. The measure should improve traffic safety. “129 km/hour will become the standard on the […]

Good Living: Brussels aims for an even more car-free city

July 11, 2022

The Brussels government has validated the first version of Good Living, the future bible of urban planning in the Brussels Region. Open spaces, urbanity, and liability are the three principles of Good Living, which will be the guiding principle for the transition of Brussels to a future-oriented city on a human scale. It foresees a […]

Two new bridges over Charleroi Canal officially opened

July 11, 2022

Since Friday, two new bridges over the Brussels Charleroi Canal have been officially inaugurated. On the border of Drogenbos and Sint-Pieters-Leeuw, it is the Three Fountains Bridge (Drie Fonteinenbrug). In Halle, it is the Misia Bridge, formerly known as the Zuidbrug. Thanks to the new Three Fountains Bridge, a bridge made of 600 tons of […]

Ghent to get ten kilometers of new tramlines

July 08, 2022

In Ghent, ‘Gentspoort’ was officially launched on Thursday. With this project, which you can translate as ‘Ghent tracks’, the Flemish government wants to offer an answer to some persistent mobility bottlenecks in and around the city. For example, there will be new tram lines, and the ring road will be partly relocated, including at the […]

Traxio: ‘speed pedelec registrations 26,2% up in half a year’

July 08, 2022

The number of newly registered speed pedelecs increased spectacularly in the year’s first six months. Between January and June, 8 219 units were sold, an increase of 26,2%, and 1 709 units more than during the same period last year. In June alone, 1 706 of the popular vehicles were sold, 43,7% more than last […]

Dermine: €400 million extra for Belgian cycling infrastructure

July 07, 2022

In total, 188 km of new cycle paths will be built in Belgium, costing 144,1 million euros. An extra 261,6 million euros will be spent on renovating 950 kilometers of tracks. This was announced by the Secretary of State in charge of Economic Recovery, Thomas Dermine (PS), on the occasion of the Tour de France’s […]

Halle-Vilvoorde revokes 1.500 driving licenses for mobile phone use

July 06, 2022

Over two months, more specifically from May through June, approximately 1 500 driving licenses were withdrawn from car drivers in Halle-Vilvoorde who used their phones while driving. The public prosecutor’s office reported this on Tuesday in a press release. “At the time of the action, all these drivers posed a real danger to themselves and […]

Wallonia adopts Cycling Plan 2030

July 06, 2022

The Walloon government announced on Tuesday that it has approved the Wallonia Cycling Plan 2030, which aims to make cycling possible, safe, and normal for everyone. The plan, which results from consultation with numerous partners, including cyclists’ associations, is divided into four sections on which work must progress in parallel: governance, networks & infrastructure, service […]

Deloitte study: e-bikes more attractive than e-cars

July 05, 2022

Last month, consultancy firm Deloitte conducted a study asking consumers which mobility solution they favor. E-bikes emerged as the big winner, confirming their uprising trend boosted during the pandemic. While the analysis was performed in Germany, the increasing popularity of e-bikes all across the globe confirms its findings. E-bikes are the most frequently used electric […]

Fuel price protests bring UK highways to a standstill

July 05, 2022

Peaking fuel prices in the Uk are triggering a wave of ‘go-slow protests’ on the nation’s highways. On Monday, the police warned about serious disruption throughout the day, and motorists were urged to stay at home where possible. Protesters created a rolling blockade along the M4, among others – the London-South Wales highway – at […]

Gilkinet: ‘bicycle thefts must become police priority’

July 05, 2022

Minister of Mobility Georges Gilkinet (Ecolo) wants to make bicycle theft – almost 70 a day in Belgium – a priority for the police. A single national bicycle registration system will be set up so that the police can return a recovered bicycle to its owner more easily. That is what the newspapers Het Nieuwsblad […]

De Lijn gains autonomy but concedes ground to private partners

July 04, 2022

Public transport company De Lijn is going through a small revolution: the company will get more autonomy as of 2023. It will be free to put together its offer and define its fares. Until now, all fare changes had to be submitted to the Flemish government. At the same time, De Lijn’s partners will play […]

Netherlands prepares for pay-per-km instead of road tax

July 04, 2022

As in the rest of Europe, the Netherlands has long debated switching to pay-per-kilometer taxation to discourage car usage. Finally, the government of Rutte IV decided in favor of the new charge and sets an example for other European countries. A single rate for all drivelines will be deployed, and crossborder mileage will also be […]

Brussels limits e-scooters to 8 km/h in pedestrian zones

July 04, 2022

The Brussels Region is taking additional measures for e-scooters, such as reducing the maximum speed to 8 km/hour in certain pedestrian zones. Brussels Mobility announced this in a press release on Friday. There will also be adapted parking or drop-off zones and prohibited zones with specific road signs. Parking on the pavement is allowed if […]

Brussels government finalises agenda for exit of combustion engines

July 01, 2022

The Brussels Government has finalized the ‘Low-Emission Mobility Brussels’ roadmap with accompanying measures for gradually phasing out diesel and gasoline engines. In addition, the social support measures were also strengthened. The measures taken are also designed to respect the climate objectives of the Paris Agreement of the EU. 2030 is a turning point As previously […]

Dutch impose mandatory helmet for mopeds as of January 1st

July 01, 2022

The die is cast: Dutch riders of mopeds (and their passengers) will have to wear a mandatory helmet as of January 1st, 2023. Plans for the compulsory helmet were already imminent, but now the situation is finally clear. Those who hit the road without a helmet risk a fine of 100 euros. The measure applies […]

MyWheels and Amber merge to become major player in Dutch car-sharing market

June 30, 2022

The Dutch car-sharing company MyWheels merges with Amber, specialized in car-sharing for the business market. The merger should lead to a sharp increase in the number of kilometers driven per shared car. Both companies state this in a press release. The aim is to reduce drastically the impact of mobility, and in particular the problems […]

Cambio offers cargo bikes for rent in Brussels

June 29, 2022

After car sharing, mobility player Cambio now also offers cargo bikes for rent in Brussels. The initiative is part of the regional Cairgo Bike project, which aims to make cargo bikes a fully-fledged alternative to cars and vans and which was financed with 4,7 million euros in European funds. The electric cargo bikes are now […]

Brussels Airport extends P3 car park with 2.000 extra spaces

June 28, 2022

The extension of the P3 ‘Holiday’ car park at Brussels Airport has been completed, providing 2 000 extra spaces, Interparking and the airport announced on Monday. The extension brings the total number of parking spaces available at Brussels Airport to 13 000. The extension is spread over ten floors, with two underground levels, and will […]

New car taxation scheme in Wallonia is coming

June 28, 2022

The Walloon government has reached an agreement on the new car taxation scheme that was already due for a certain time. Normally, the whole scheme should come into effect from 1 September 2023 onward and totally implemented by 2026. As well road tax and registration tax will be revised, the global ‘tax pressure’ should stay […]

Antwerp introduces no-go zones for shared e-scooters

June 27, 2022

The city of Antwerp introduced new regulations for shared e-scooters. From July 18th onward, ‘no go zones’, ‘no park zones’, and ‘slow-speed zones’ will be marked. Technology makes cheating impossible. For example, in a ‘no go zone’, the e-scooters will automatically reduce speed and come to a halt if you enter the area. The city […]

+14,75% fines for speeding since corona lockdown

June 27, 2022

Last year, the federal police fined more than 4,6 million drivers for speeding in Belgium. That is more than ever, or an increase of 14,75% compared to 2020. According to the police, “people experience a kind of urge for compensation after corona.” And, of course, this leads to more traffic fines. “People seem to give […]

Survey: more Belgians see (night) train as alternative for trips abroad

June 24, 2022

More and more Belgians are convinced that the (night) train is the ideal mode of transport for trips abroad. According to the Federal Mobility and Transport Agency’s survey, most travelers consider the train the perfect solution for a trip to Paris, London, or other popular European destinations like Amsterdam, Berlin, and Vienna. In the proper […]

AWSR: ‘One in two Walloons drive too fast to holidays’

June 24, 2022

One in two Walloon motorists is driving too fast to go on holiday. This is shown in a survey by the Walloon Road Safety Agency (AWSR) published on Friday. The survey also shows that more than half of Walloon men and women will leave for other countries this summer, mainly by car. According to the […]

Survey: ‘46% of Dutch drivers will never use a shared car’

June 23, 2022

More than eight out of ten Dutch drivers (86%) prefer their own car above a shared car. What’s more, almost half of all drivers in the Netherlands (46%) will never use a shared car. Not for all the tea in China. These are only some of the surprising conclusions of a survey of MisterGreen Electric […]

Bolt to drop 900 shared e-bikes in Brussels

June 23, 2022

Micro-mobility platform Bolt is launching 900 e-bikes in Brussels. The Estonian company, launching e-bikes to celebrate its first anniversary on the Brussels market, states this in a press release. In time, Bolt wants to deploy 16 000 e-bikes across Europe to expand the range of micro-mobility available in cities. The company, the largest mobility platform […]

Mobia starts new training program for future mobility managers

June 22, 2022

Mobia, the joint umbrella organization by car federation Febiac, rental car federation Renta, and mobility federation Traxio, will launch a new education program in September to help future automotive and mobility managers. Together, they establish the Automotive Management School to prepare future managers for the challenges of the sector. The car sector is changing rapidly, […]

New parking ordinance for Brussels voted (update)

June 22, 2022

The Mobility Commission of the Brussels Parliament voted and approved – majority against the opposition – on Tuesday the new parking reform. The aim is to review the draft car parking ordinance – the last one goes back to 2009. Next, the text will move to the plenary. Finally, after a second lecture by the […]