Death toll down on Belgian roads

December 07, 2017

According to the latest figures of Vias, the Belgian institute for traffic safety and mobility (formerly called BIVV/IBSR) the death toll on Belgian roads (first three quarters) has lowered from 407 to 363 casualties. Minister Weyts is happy that his latest measures are having results. “These figures show a world of difference with those assembled […]

High speed bicycle path gets branch to Brussels Airport

December 06, 2017

Only 1% of people working at Belgium’s international airport in Zaventem come to work by bicycle today. That’s why Brussels Airport together with local authorities and the Flemish Region, wants to invest in an extra exit, a branch on the existing F3 Leuven-Brussels high speed bicycle path by 2019. Double capacity By 2040 Brussels Airport […]

Belgium not eager yet to ban Coyote radar detector

December 05, 2017

It was Flemish Minister for Mobility Ben Weyts (N-VA) who belled the cat with his federal and two regional colleagues in the executive committee to propose a ban on radar detectors like the popular Coyote. But his French speaking colleagues have not really warmed to that plan. Radar zone Weyts was willing to compromise and […]

Google Glass can save lives in Herstal

December 05, 2017

Google Glass was launched as a very promising device some years ago, but it was a commercial disaster. Not so in the professional world: in a hospital in Belgian Herstal it even saves lives. Google Glass would make our daily live so much easier, that was the promise when a prototype was launched in 2013. […]

‘Stubborn left- or middle lane drivers have to be fined double’

December 04, 2017

“Stubborn keeping on driving on the left- or middle lane while the right lane is free, should to be fined 118 euro instead of 58 in the future”, the Belgian institute for road safety Vias proposes. By doing this, they are endangering other road users that are tempted to overhaul on the right side. The […]

Traxio: ‘Tow-truck must get priority like ambulance’

December 01, 2017

In order to free up the roads as fast as possible after an accident, tow-trucks should get priority like ambulances, police vehicles and fire engines. That’s what the Belgian sector federation Traxio wants to accomplish with streamlining some 200 private services into a common quality label ‘Road Support’. Green rotating lights Traxio wants its members […]

Car drivers forget wiper replacement

November 30, 2017

Dutch car supplier organisation BOVAG ordered a study about the replacemnt of worn wipers on passenger cars. The study of bureau Markteffect showed that only 4% of the car owners replace their wipers after a fixed period.The rest is waiting until they hear screeches or have their vision blurred. The study from Markteffect asked 1.026 […]

Flashed at 252 kph and getting away scot-free before judge

November 30, 2017

A 45 year old man on a motorbike was flashed at 252 kph but got away scot-free before the judge in Tournai. His lawyer advised the man to stay away from his trial and let the case become prescribed by the lapse of time. Speeding infringements are prescribed after one year in Belgium. In November […]

Antwerp province maps out good and safe bicycle paths

November 29, 2017

Citizens of the province of Antwerp, Belgium’s forerunner on cycling, are getting the scoop – a European first – of an online data bank mapping out the best quality bicycle paths and showing were most accidents happen. Places to be careful or to avoid, thus. Fietsbarometer How good are the bicycle paths? How many cyclists […]

Alcohol test: one Belgian out of five checked each year

November 28, 2017

In Belgium one of five drivers or 19,9% is checked each year for alcohol. The risk of getting caught has tripled the last ten years. In 2006 only 7,5% of Belgians was checked. These are some of the figures coming from the annual statistic report of the Belgian road safety institute Vias on controls and […]

Flemish government gives ‘greener’ transport sector financial leg-up

November 23, 2017

Transport companies willing to invest in sustainable technology and road safety can get a 100.000 euro financial leg-up from the Flemish government from this week on. Condition is that the investment goes further than the strict legally obligation. SCR-systems The subsidies – up to 80% of the investment and limited to 100.000 every three years […]

Touring wants ‘rescue track’ for emergency services

November 16, 2017

Many motorists still don’t know how to react when they suddenly see an ambulance with blaring sirens suddenly appear in their rear-view mirror. Mobility organization Touring therefore proposes to modify the Belgian road code. For the new proposal Touring has been inspired by the ‘Rettungsgasse’, a principle that is obliged for some time in countries […]

‘Middle-lane driver public enemy no 1’

November 16, 2017

Guess what is the biggest annoyance of motorists on the highway? Indeed: the persisting middle-lane driver. This is shown by a poll by Vias Institute, the Belgian road safety institute. Staying in the middle lane is annoying, but is it also dangerous. “Other road users are forced to pass by left,’ says Stef Willems, Vias’ […]

More than half of Belgians victim of road rage

November 16, 2017

More than half (57%) of Belgians claim to have been the victims of aggressive behaviour in traffic last year. This is apparent from a poll by Belgian Vias Institute for road safety, National Road Safety Day On “National Road Safety Day” Vias institute, the former BIVV/IBSR, surveyed the Belgian population about aggressively and irritating behaviour […]

300 fines a day for using smartphone while driving

November 15, 2017

According to figures given by Jan Jambon (N-VA), Minister of the Interior, in 2016, a total of 108.500 fines were issued for using smartphones at the steering wheel, which means 300 infringements a day. MP Jef Van Den Bergh (CD&V) asked for these figures. Also cyclists are involved Of the total number of fines issued, more […]

30-zone: number of accidents increased by 21%

November 15, 2017

In two years, the number of accidents in 30-zones has increased by 21%. Admittedly the number of zones has increase too, but the major part of drivers is still driving too fast. The Walloon government is working on installing “intelligent 30-zone” active only during school periods. 283 is the number of accidents recorded in 30-zones […]

EU Parliament wants advanced safety systems in every new car

November 15, 2017

All new cars should have advanced driving assistance systems (ADAS) that can detect pedestrians, brake automatically in an emergency, warn for lane departure and adapt the speed of the car. This is the general idea of a resolution voted by the European Parliament on Tuesday to half the number of casualties in traffic by 2020. […]

’30 kph speed limit in entire Brussels’ region’

November 13, 2017

According to a drastic road safety plan 30 kilometer per hour should be the speed limit in the entire Brussels’ region. The only exception should be the larger through roads.  The plan by Brussels Minister for Road Safety Bianca Debaets (CD&V) and Minister for Mobility Pascal Smet (PS), joins the similar proposal by parliament member Bruno […]

Wallonia: 5,5 million euro for ‘soft mobility’

November 13, 2017

Walloon Mobility and Transport Minister Carlo Di Antonio (cdH) just validated a new subvention program worth nearly 5,5 million euro to promote the use of the bicycle and enhance security for cyclists and pedestrians. This amount will be distributed between 62 cities and municipalities. The program is part of the mobility plan 2030  ‘FAST’ of […]

14 wild boars killed at one time on Limburg highway

November 10, 2017

Thursday morning, on the E314 in Genk, fourteen wild boars were hit by a truck and a car. Fortunately, the drivers were not injured. The animals didn’t survive the accident. The Belgian province of Limburg is suffering from a plague of wild boars. The animals are also appearing increasingly on roads and motorways, resulting in […]

Road safety: one out of four repeat offenders has more than ten convictions

November 09, 2017

The Belgian Vias Institute for road safety unveiled some details of its important study on persistent road offenders. The institute analyzed cases in the Leuven and Malines Courts and determined a typical profile: a 39 year old male blue-collar worker with lower income, single and without children. Vias has studied numerous repeat road offender cases […]

France tightens up technical vehicle inspection

November 07, 2017

From May 20th 2018, France is tightening up its technical vehicle inspection, up to European standards agreed on in April 2014. Cars will be checked for 606 features, compared to 467 today. The group SGS which does 32% of these inspections, expects the number of failed cars to rise to one out of two. In […]

More than 1 million insurance policies needed to cover 779 severe accidents

November 07, 2017

Last year, there were 779 road accidents in Belgium with a damage cost of more than 125.000 euro. The average cost of these claims was 424.647 euro. In order to pay only the major accidents claims, more than one million insured persons are needed, as evidenced by recent figures from Assuralia, the professional association of […]

Brussels’ Groenendael wildlife ecoduct nears completion

November 06, 2017

Construction works on the Groenendael ecoduct are nearing completion with cars driving under it and animals from the Sonian Forest already able to cross the Ring without danger. Grading and leveling works of the different adjacent sites should be finished in December and specific plantation is due beginning 2018. The ecoduct’s layout takes into account […]

Sermon with every Belgian traffic fine

November 03, 2017

Expect a moralizing sermon with every traffic infringement fine you’ll get in the near future. Belgian Minister of Mobility François Bellot (MR) wants to add ‘a personal message’ with each fine to sensitize people in what the minister calls “behaviour on the road that can’t be tolerated”. The ‘fine with sermon’ on about 9 million […]

From three to four lanes on Vilvoorde’s viaduct

November 03, 2017

Belgium’s most famous viaduct will get a crucial makeover with four lanes in each direction in the context of the redesign of the Ring around Brussels. Local and through traffic will be split and the viaduct will become a so-called ‘selection zone’ of almost 2 kilometres long. The first works are scheduled for 2019. The […]

Employer to pay traffic fine If not clear who drove company car

November 02, 2017

Minister of Mobility Francois Bellot (MR) wants to change the road code so that companies can be held liable if a traffic infringement is committed with a company car. At the moment, fines are sometimes left unpaid if it’s not clear which employee committed the offence. In the new proposal liability is not only extended […]

Smart car suffers from ignorant driver

November 02, 2017

Modern cars are loaded with safety systems, but most drivers hardly ever use them. They simply don’t know what smart gadgets their car is equipped with. This was one of the remarkable results of the study carried out by the Connecting Mobility, a project office of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management together […]

Test driver autonomous Waymo car fell asleep

November 02, 2017

One of the side effects of self-driving car is that the drivers tend to fall asleep and are unable to intervene when something goes wrong. “A scary experience”, Waymo CEO John Krafcik told Reuters on a visit of its Phoenix area test facilities this week. After experiencing this in 2013 during highway testing, Waymo, sister […]

Brussels works on dynamic speed limits on main axes

October 31, 2017

The Commission on Infrastructure of the Brussels’ parliament has agreed in the forming of a work group that has to study the implementation of dynamic road signs and speed limits on the main entry axes and the Ring. These dynamic road signs will adapt the speed limits to the traffic and weather conditions. The implementation […]

Wallonia: mobility plan to reduce car usage from 83 to 60%

October 31, 2017

The Belgian Walloon regional government has agreed last week on an ambitious plan to reduce car usage from 83 to 60% by 2030. Its Transport, Mobility and Road Safety Minister Carlo di Antonio (cdH) wants 4 out of 5 car trips in the future to be with at least two passengers and boost public transport […]

Open Vld wants kilometre tax for lorries in Antwerp

October 30, 2017

Philippe De Backer, State Secretary for Social Fraud, but also leader of the Open VLD faction in the Antwerp city council, calls for a kilometre tax for lorries in the inner city of Antwerp for certain critical time slots. Unless they pay a substantial fee. “Circulation plans sound good, but the solution is just there […]

Subaru confirms improper certification for Japanese market

October 30, 2017

Japanese carmaker Subaru has confirmed that its certification method for home market cars wasn’t done by certified inspectors, just like Nissan. The company plans on recalling 250.000 cars. “These methods involving controlling new vehicles by non-accredited inspectors for the Japanese market have been going on for 30 years at Subaru”, declared CEO Yasuyuki Yoshinaga. The […]

Classic cars: technical inspection every two years

October 27, 2017

In Wallonia starting 2018, all classic cars will have to go through a periodic technical inspection every two years. For cars aged between 25 and 30, it will be every year. In Belgium, a car is considered a classic car if it is older than 25 years old, counting from its first registration date. In […]

‘Samen’ wants to copy Ghent’s traffic plan to Antwerp

October 27, 2017

After the indignation about the bicycle crashes in Antwerp, the political parties are now focusing on road safety. The collective ‘Samen’, joining political parties sp.a and Groen, wants to introduce a drastic new traffic plan like Ghent did. The left-wing collective asked professor Dirk Lauwers (UA, UGent), an authority in the field of road safety, […]

‘Square green should be in traffic code right now’

October 25, 2017

Simultaneously green light for all cyclists and pedestrians at crossroads could prevent accidents. But that road code is still not valid. According to Member of Parliament Jef Van den Bergh (CD&V) it could be applied sooner. Federal Minister for Mobility François Bellot (MR) is working on an adaptation of that traffic regulations. The proposal includes […]

Uber creates fake city to test self-driving cars

October 25, 2017

Uber has created a fake city near Pittsburgh (US) on an old industrial lot to test autonomous cars in “real world conditions”. It is also used to train the future security drivers that will be present in Uber’s autonomous cars in case something goes wrong. On an old industrial lot of 17 acres, Uber has […]

Oosterweel: Europe’s biggest road construction site to start in 2018

October 25, 2017

Without unexpected obstacles, one of Europe’s biggest road construction sites, the Antwerp Oosterweel connection, will start in spring 2018 on the left bank of the river Scheldt (Linkeroever) and Zwijndrecht. A job that will take four and a half years and will cost 386 million euro. The Antwerp Ring will be open for traffic all […]

Up to nine months imprisonment for driving without insurance

October 23, 2017

Federal Justice Minister Koen Geens (CD&V) and Mobility Minister François Bellot (MR) proposed a new law aiming at reducing the number of vehicles driving without insurance. Penalties go from a three months driving ban to nine months imprisonment. In 2016, 29.233 drivers were caught circulating on the roads without any insurance for their vehicles. This […]