Km charge trial in and around Brussels
/ Km charge trial in and around Brussels
At the beginning of 2014, a trial project on kilometre charging involving around 1000 car drivers will kick off in the area within and around Brussels where a regional public transport express network is being implemented. The aim of this trial project is to verify to what extent a km charge would impact on the behaviour of road users. Results are expected in the summer of next year.
The trial project had been announced before by the three Belgian regions (Flanders, Brussels, Wallonia), but now they have also concluded the procurement procedure and appointed the consortium which is to carry out the pilot. The partnership is led by PwC, assisted by automobile club Touring, VITO (the Flemish institute for technological research) and GfK, and by an international scientific committee of academics specialised in road pricing. The vehicle equipment will be delivered by Magicview ConnectedProducts.
With the trial, the three Belgian regions want to assess the effect of such a charge on the behaviour of car drivers. For example, it will be monitored whether people will drive more outside peak hours if tariffs during peak hours are higher and whether the income of a driver has any effects.
A possible permanent introduction of a km charge will be for the next governments to decide, that will be in place after the upcoming elections in spring 2014.
Source: De Standaard, 1 August 2013
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Published on 01 Aug 2013
Updated on 01 Aug 2013