Wallonia agrees to pay-as-you-ride
The newly-introduced system will come with several conditions laid down by Walloon Prime Minister.
16 May 2008
Wallonia – The Walloon government has agreed to introduce the pay-as-you-ride system for lorries.
However, the Walloon Prime Minister Rudi Demotte has attached several conditions to his support for the proposed Benelux-wide scheme.
Flanders has long supported pay-as-you-ride, while Wallonia favours the introduction of a road tax disk.
Belgian drivers would be compensated for the extra cost by a reduction in the level of regional taxation.
Nevertheless, the Walloon Government predicts that it could net EUR 24 million annually from the road tax disk scheme. The extra cash could be used to improve road safety and carry out repairs.
Negotiations on the possible introduction of the tax disk scheme will continue.
The Flemish Prime Minister Kris Peeters has welcomed the Walloon Government's decision to agree to the pay-as-you-drive scheme.
Speaking after a meeting with his Walloon counterpart Demotte, Peeters told the VRT that Demotte had made some interesting points and that he will look into whether or not the tax disk proposals contrive European law.
The Flemish Transport Minister Kathleen Van Brempt says that she is happy that the Walloons have agreed to pay-as-you-drive for trucks.
"I’m relieved because it means that we can take the next step and start negotiating with the Dutch.”
[flandersenews.be / Expatica]
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