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 […]

Share4Mobility: Renault dealers go for car-sharing

January 19, 2021

Ten Belgian Renault dealer groups have joined forces to promote car-sharing. Under the name Share4Mobility, they want to ensure national coverage, anticipating the trend for less car ownership and more alternative car use. Share4Mobility is the initiative of 10 Belgian Renault dealer groups, representing a yearly car volume of some 80 000 new cars. Autopartners, […]

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 […]

Municipalities can participate in Luminus’ wind turbine projects

January 19, 2021

On Monday, energy provider Luminus and Zefier, a communal holding participating in environmentally friendly energy production, have created Zo-Fier, a common subsidiary that will focus on developing, constructing, and exploiting projects for renewable energy in the 168 municipalities Zefier is active in. Luminus has a 55% participation in Zo-Fier, Zefier 45%. The main goal is […]

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 […]

From February, one ticket for Brussels public transport

January 18, 2021

With the new Brupass XL tickets and season tickets, as from 1 February, there will be a single ticket and a common fare for public transport in Brussels and an extended zone of 11,5 km around the capital region and the 19 municipalities. The companies involved – railway company NMBS/SNCB, Flemish public transport company De […]

SNCF sounds alarm bell: ‘Eurostar in bad financial health’

January 18, 2021

Eurostar, the company that organizes the fast train connection between France and Great Britain, is on the verge of bankruptcy. Now that there is only one train a day, the company urgently needs support. The French railway company SNCF sounded the alarm last week through Christophe Fanichet, CEO of SNCF, which has a 55% stake […]

BMW ends its $2 000 monthly US subscription program

January 15, 2021

BMW is canceling its monthly subscription program ‘BMW Access’ by the end of January in the USA. Officially because the Nashville, Tennessee, project was always meant as a pilot with BMW now looking into future possibilities, ‘developing the next iteration’. The latter was confirmed by a US BMW spokesperson to The Verge. Remarkable, just as […]

Motorbike sales in Belgium at highest level in ten years

January 15, 2021

Last year, 25 807 new motorbikes were sold in Belgium. That is 3,5% more than a year earlier. This is shown by figures provided by Febiac, the Belgian federation of car and two-wheelers importers. It is a remarkable increase because, to contain the coronavirus’s spread, motorbike shops could not receive customers for two periods in […]

D’Ieteren: new name, logo, and organizational structure

January 15, 2021

Belgian historical automotive importer D’Ieteren Auto changes its name to become ‘D’Ieteren’. Although maybe not clear to non-insiders at first sight, the new identity should position it along with the group’s other activities (Belron, Moleskine, and D’Ieteren Immo) and mark a change in strategy. By 2025, D’Ieteren aims at becoming the leader in sustainable mobility […]

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 mijnverkeersongeval.be (my traffic accident) and meet Basil, the sympathetic chatbot that will guide you through the list of questions. The […]

86% of Belgians not ready yet for digital car purchase

January 14, 2021

Online sales are rising worldwide due to the corona pandemic, but those who want to buy a new car still prefer to do so physically rather than online. This is shown by a market survey among consumers by Belgian sector federation Traxio about the importance of visiting a showroom. More than 86% consider a physical […]

Acerta: ‘three out of ten employees want leased bike’

January 14, 2021

According to a survey by HR service provider Acerta, three out of ten Belgian employees (28%) want to lease a bicycle via their employer. Acerta questioned more than 2 000 working Belgians. About one-fifth of the employees already receive cycling compensation to cover part of the leasing costs. Now that company cars will be taxed […]

GM’s Bright Drop: versatile electric mobility for delivery companies

January 13, 2021

General Motors launches a new Bright Drop brand to offer electric delivery vehicles combined with roll containers and an intelligent cloud-based logistics platform. Delivery company FedEx will start using this system from the end of 2021. New brand A few days ago, GM showed its new logo and announced its plans for the number of […]

Renault in 2020: CAFE objectives reached and 21,3% sales drop

January 13, 2021

On Tuesday, French Groupe Renault (Renault, Dacia, Lada, Renault Samsung Motors & Alpine) announced having sold 800 000 fewer cars in 2020 than the previous year, which equals a 21,3% sales drop. On the other hand, sales of EVs and its newly launched range of hybrids and plug-in hybrids allowed Groupe Renault to fall under […]

Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co (2): ‘We are the wild horse in the stable’

January 13, 2021

Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co, preaches the revolution. He doesn’t want to sell cars anymore, he wants to lend them monthly, and he wants his clients to share them. In this second part of the interview, he explains how it works. Visser has no high opinion of the current car business. Over the […]

TomTom: ‘Traffic in Belgium decreased by one-fifth in 2020’

January 13, 2021

Last year, the general traffic intensity decreased by 18% compared to one year before. According to figures from the TomTom Traffic Index, a report about the traffic situation in 57 countries (416 cities), traffic increase was most spectacular in large cities like Brussels, Antwerp, and Liège. The lowest traffic level was – logically – registered […]

‘Don’t let a dangling face mask block your view of the road’

January 13, 2021

Belgian traffic safety institute Vias, mobility organization VAB, and Dutch motorcyclists of MotorNL ask car drivers not to hang their face masks on their driving mirror. “It obstructs their view and may cause distraction,” they say. “It makes motorcyclists, cyclists, and pedestrians invisible for drivers.” Since the corona crisis, it has become a common view […]

Why are most (company) cars white?

January 13, 2021

Many cars sold worldwide over the past decade were white, and even today, the number of white cars in traffic is impressive. But why? Is it a question of fashion? Or is it a technology-related trend? Let’s try to find some explanations. According to figures from BASF, the largest chemical multinational globally, last year, the […]

Alain Visser, CEO of Lynk & Co (1): ‘We go for another business model’

January 12, 2021

The Belgian Alain Visser is Lynk & Co’s CEO, the Chinese Geely daughter who intends to change things on the car market. Many new and sometimes controversial ideas come from or are stimulated by the CEO — no better reason for having a chat with him. We’ve known Alain Visser for a long time. Already […]

€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 […]

VAB Group and Koopman Logistics join forces

January 12, 2021

The Belgian VAB Group and the Dutch family company Koopman Logistics join forces to offer various Flemish players attractive automotive solutions. The new site will be in Genk, is 100 000 m2 in size, and will employ 100 people. The new structure will be called VAB Koopman Automotive Solutions. Growth For years, VAB has been […]

Belgians think traffic aggression has increased

January 12, 2021

Almost 4 in 10 Flemish (36%) think that ‘the other road users’ have become more aggressive since the start of the corona crisis in March. Road users in Wallonia (42%) and Brussels (35%) also experience more traffic aggression. This is especially because some motorists drive (much) faster when there is less traffic. This is shown […]

VDL Roeselare to deliver 102 e-buses for Oslo

January 12, 2021

VDL Group will build 102 electric Citea buses for the city of Oslo (Norway’s capital). It’s VDL’s largest order of e-buses ever. The buses will be manufactured in Roeselare and should be operational in Oslo as of January 2022. Norway’s capital has the ambition to become completely emission-free by 2028. The city already has 40 […]

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 […]

Pandemic pushes people to used cars and motorbikes

January 08, 2021

New car sales were hit by more than 21% in 2020. The second-hand car market, too, did worse than in 2019, but the drop is strikingly less: -6,3%. Figures from the Traxio mobility federation show this. Therefore, the corona crisis meant that people preferred to put their money in a second-hand car rather than a […]

Elia: ‘2020 shows 31% record growth in renewable energy’

January 08, 2021

According to the annual figures from the electricity network administrator Elia, several renewable energy records were broken last year. The production of solar and wind energy increased by 31% to 15,1 TWh or 18,6% of the energy mix. Wind energy went up from 3 796 to 4 670 MW – mainly thanks to the two […]

EVs booming: Chinese see homemade as better value

January 08, 2021

The market of electric cars has found a new youth in China during the past year, having grown by 8%, according to data from the Chinese Associations of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). And it will continue to do so, as government incentives and fiscal advantages have been extended until 2022. Experts say the public will favor […]

‘Air pollution would push ten thousands of Dutch to move’

January 08, 2021

Ten thousands of Dutch citizens would like to move to seek for better air quality. Some actually do but others don’t have the possibility (or financial means) and stay where they are. That is the conclusion of the Lung Fund, which calls on municipalities to join the Clean Air Agreement. Together, they want to improve […]

Driving skills of seniors to benefit from smart technology

January 08, 2021

Senior citizens are very much attached to their mobility, and more specifically to their car, as a last resort for their self-reliance. But at the same time, they are confronted with their decaying driving skills, a gradual process that is not always conscious. They need tutoring. The organization CARA (short for CuARdian Angel and a […]

Almost 10 000 e-steps, scooters, and shared bikes in Brussels

January 07, 2021

The corona pandemic has led to fewer journeys in Brussels. As a result, there has been a stop in the boom in the number of shared mobility operators that the city experienced two years ago. Several operators, such as Hive, Wind, or Tier, withdrew from the market. Yet the Brussels’ micro-mobility sector continues to do […]

Antwerp ‘Modal selfie’ helps to choose better mobility solutions

January 07, 2021

The Antwerp civil platform Ringland has developed an online tool for citizens to analyze and improve their mobility behavior. The so-called ‘modal selfie’ is intended to discourage the use of the car and increase the use of alternative transport. But the first thing people need for a modal shift is a mental shift. After all, […]

Share Now adds 70 BMW i3s to its Amsterdam fleet

January 06, 2021

Car-sharing specialist Share Now, the European market leader in the field, has decided to add 70 new, completely electric BMW i3 models to its fleet in Amsterdam. The cars will be gradually introduced in the months to come, but today already 40 of them will be introduced. Share Now has been providing a car-sharing service […]

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 […]

Holland heating up faster than rest of the world?

January 06, 2021

According to figures from the Dutch Royal Meteorological Institute, the Netherlands is warming up faster than other countries in the world. The temperature in the Netherlands in the last 30 years has increased by an average of 1,1 degrees Celsius. In Belgium, we see a similar trend, with 2020 being the warmest year ever. Every […]

Antwerp Oosterweel mega-project can start on right river bank

January 06, 2021

The Antwerp Oosterweel project’s construction works – the so-called ‘construction site of the century’ – can finally start on the right bank of the river Scheldt in the summer of this year. The preparatory works on the left bank already started in 2018, and now that the last two supply contracts are finally official. According […]

Cambio finally goes electric in Brussels

January 06, 2021

Belgium’s most successful car-sharing service, Cambio, extends its Brussels’ fleet with ten electric cars by the end of the year. Finally, as in the rest of Belgium, the electric offer is already included for some time. Cambio will also launch an experimental offer with 15 electric cargo-bikes for the inner-city. Despite the corona pandemic, Cambio […]

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 […]

Vanishing business trips threaten airline and hotel profit margins

January 05, 2021

With 80% of events, shows, and congresses canceled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the profitable world of business trips and the related mobility solutions are in dire need. In the air, 20% of business passengers usually represent 80% of airlines’ profits, French newspaper Le Monde writes. On the rail, their share has dropped […]

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 […]

Germany to close coal power plants and tax CO2 in 2021

January 04, 2021

Germany will introduce two energy transition projects. On the one hand, the country will invoice every ton of CO2 emitted by transport and households; on the other hand, it will gradually close a first total energy plant. According to the Belga press release, both projects result from intense political negotiations. Greenpeace and other climate crusaders […]

Dutch have already 1 163 electric buses operational

January 04, 2021

More than 20% of buses in the Dutch public transport system have become ‘green’ in five years. Since December, 1 163 emission-free buses are driving around in the Netherlands, almost 400 more than last year. According to knowledge platform Crow-KpVV, this rapid ‘greening’ of the sector results from clear targeting and interchanging of knowledge. The […]