Dutch truckers save on fuel in Belgium

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A new agreement between the Belgian government and a Dutch self-employed drivers’ group means truckers can enjoy discounts when filling diesel in Belgium.

11 July 2008

THE NETHERLANDS - Dutch lorry drivers are filling their vehicles up with diesel in Belgium, thanks to an agreement reached between the Association of Self-Employed Dutch Drivers and the Belgian government.

Filling up in Belgium is already almost 10 percent cheaper per litre than in the Netherlands, but the association's members can profit from reductions of up to 25 percent. For a full tank of 1,200 litres, that amounts to savings of EUR 300.

The association's chairman, Klaas de Waardt, points out that since the average lorry uses approximately 50,000 litres of diesel fuel a year, filling up in Belgium offers annual savings of almost EUR 12,000.

The Dutch transport sector closed a deal with the Dutch cabinet Thursday on a packet of measures intended to compensate them for the high price of fuel.

However, despite the agreement, the sector was unable to prevent a three percent increase in diesel duty.

[Radio Netherlands / Expatica]

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