Kévin, the owner of the “clean” Audi, feels frustrated with the toll change: “It’s unclear”

Kévin, the owner of the “clean” Audi, feels frustrated with the toll change: “It’s unclear”


Kévin believes that his car, a diesel sedan with an AdBlue system, is unaffected by car tax reform; especially in comparison with the method of calculation on the part of Flemish.

Last weekend, the Wallonia Government approved regulations for the reform of motor vehicle tax reform (circuit duty and excise duty). A new counting system is required “promote the purchase of new or used vehicles that are lightweight, durable and low CO2 emissions”will announce the cabinet of Philippe Henry, Walloon’s Minister of Mobility, in statement. A change that leaves Kevin in doubt. “If I understand better in Wallonia, we will levy taxes based on horses and car weights, while Flanders will levy tariffs based on CO2 emissions.”he wonders via the orange button We will alert you.

Kevin blames reforms that would reduce the value of his car in the second-hand market

Once approved, the amendment will only apply to new registrations. Gold Kévin bought his car – Audi A5 190 horsepower Euro 6 diesel – in 2017. But a young man from Hainaut believes that this change will reduce the value of his car in the long run: “Selling a car again, will be more difficult”, he believes. A “loss” which he plans to cover “keep the car longer”.

View shared by Serge Istas, secretary general of the “Traxio” automotive federation: “A car that is expensive to rent cannot be sold. So what? People will save it as it will no longer have market value and they will not buy a new car, they will not sell their opportunities again. As a result ships will age. “explained on the microphone of our correspondent Hanan Harrouch.

Taxes collected differently Wallonia and Flanders

Kevin does not agree with the logic of this evolution. According to him, with a car like his, road taxes will be lower in Flanders. “I would be taxed less, because I use less CO2 and my car with AdBlue”he says.

In Flanders, the calculation of the registration tax takes into account the environmental characteristics of the vehicle (rejection of CO2 by fine particles, fuel type, Euro level and presence of particle filter) and vehicle age. The law provides mainly for volume reductions depending on the euro rate of the car. But AdBlue not specifically mentioned. “It is a urea solution that reduces air pollution (basically NOx). It has no effect on CO2 emissions.says Eric Bierin, spokesman for Minister Philippe Henry.

In Wallonia, the reforms are aimed at promoting the purchase of environmentally friendly vehicles, but also “lighter, smaller cars”reported Philippe Henry on the Bel RTL waves this Monday, June 27th. “Isn’t it right to levy tariffs based on CO2 emissions due to global warming?”asks Kevin. “CO2 emissions are also considered in the TMC formula”, emphasizes Eric Bierin, spokesman for Minister Philippe Henry. And smaller cars offer less Co2, he adds.

So the reform project takes into account C02 emissions, but not the Euro rate (respected by Kevin’s car). This is one of the accusations of the automotive industry against this project. “All harmful gases and pollutants such as particles, NOx or other Benzene will not be considered. As long as they are light and do not emit too much CO2, that’s fine.”complains Serge Istas.

Adjustments that take into account security features

Smaller cars are less dangerous, says Eric Bierin. Number of accidents “may be associated with vehicle characteristics”, notes the speaker. Number of accidents “increases in volume, power and front area of ​​the vehicle”he notes, using the concept of “LISA car”.

LISA Car (light and safe car) is a program of the Wallonia Environmental Federation (IEW) and Parents of Vulnerable Children of the Road Association (PEVR). They have set themselves the goal of raising awareness in the political world about the need to reduce certain vehicle characteristics – quantity, power, high speed and “frontal” structure of vehicles – to minimize impact on the vehicle. road safety and the environment. IEW and PEVR are clearly heard.

No standardization required?

Kevin regrets legal differences between Flanders and Wallonia regarding registration taxes. One of the many results of the Belgian institute mille-feuille. “Is it impossible to agree on a federal level?”asks the boy. “Registration and circulation tariffs are a regional responsibility and do not require co-operation agreements between regions, nor standards.”is pleased to respond to Minister Philippe Henry’s spokesman.

Road toll adjustment in Wallonia: what will change?