Belgians still car lovers despite falling sales

14th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

14 April 2005, BRUSSELS – The average Belgian spends more than a tenth (12.5 percent) of his income on his car, it emerged on Thursday.

14 April 2005

BRUSSELS – The average Belgian spends more than a tenth (12.5 percent) of his income on his car, it emerged on Thursday.

Newspapers owned by the Sud Presse group reported that Belgians work for one and a half months a year in order to fund their vehicles.

The news comes the day after the Association of European Car Builders (ACEA) revealed sales of new cars last year fell in Belgium by 14.9 percent – way below the European average of 4.7 percent.

The latest study by the Institute for Durable Development found since 1985 the proportion of income being devoted to the car has risen by 1.8 percent.

Even though the price of petrol has soared by a whopping 450 percent since 1970, the average Belgian can still afford to buy 46 percent more petrol than back then – without cutting spending in other areas.

According to the study, road traffic in Belgium has tripled since 1970, with the number of cars on the roads climbing from 2 to 4.9 million, recorded last year.

The average car travels 15.039km a year, 3.754km more than in 1975.

All this means that carbon dioxide emissions are increasing year on year.

[Copyright Expatica 2005]

Subject: Belgian news

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