Overtaking ban imposed on trucks
7 June 2006, BRUSSELS — A special federal Cabinet meeting decided on Wednesday against imposing an 80kmh speed limit on trucks.
7 June 2006
BRUSSELS — A special federal Cabinet meeting decided on Wednesday against imposing an 80kmh speed limit on trucks.
The Socialist SP.A had been in favour of the reduced speed limit, citing a study that indicated traffic deaths would fall by 8 percent and truck exhaust emissions would fall.
But the Liberal VLD and the transport sector were opposed to the speed limit, claiming that it would cost the sector EUR 104 million.
A compromise was eventually reached to impose an overtaking ban on all trucks travelling on two-lane motorways.
"An overtaking ban is less symbolic, but has more effect," Transport Minister Renaat Landuyt said.
The new overtaking ban for trucks will be applied as a general rule, with exceptions for three-lane roads.
The ban on trucks overtaking other vehicles during rainy weather will remain in force and be more intensely checked. The extended ban must be in force within four months.
In other changes, road users will not lose their right-of-way when they come to a stop at road junction.
Instead, the cabinet decided to maintain right-of-way to traffic coming from the right.
Belgium was an international anomaly when it came to the previous rule, which led to a lot of confusion among road users.
[Copyright Expatica News 2006]
Subject: Belgian news