Brussels will not postpone ban on heavily polluting vehicles

Brussels will not postpone ban on heavily polluting vehicles
Credit: The Region of Brussels' Minister for he Environment Alain Maron (Ecolo). Credit: Laurie Dieffembacq/Belga.

The Brussels' Environmental Minister Alain Maron (Ecolo) has stated in parliament that the regional government will not follow Wallonia's proposal to postpone the ban on heavily polluting vehicles.

On Tuesday, the Walloon Minister for Environment Céline Tellier (Ecolo) indicated her wish to postpone the ban until 2025 on cars that do not fall in line with European emission standards, two years past the original deadline.

In her view, the prospective ban for 2023 would mean further denting the finances of Wallonia's households, due to families having to replace their cars. This is despite the measure only having a minimal impact on air quality, as it only applies to 0.31% of vehicles in the region.

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Asked on Wednesday in Parliament of Brussels' own intentions on the subject, Maron clarified that the government would continue “to move forward with an arsenal of accompanying measures” in the implementation of the stages scheduled up to 2025 and beyond.

The minister added that “this is the only way to stop being in the world where we discover study after study the impact of car pollution on health. He concluded by reaffirming his belief that "we must go all the way to the end of the low emission zone."

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