Belgium becomes one of the most expensive countries in which to fill up
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    Belgium becomes one of the most expensive countries in which to fill up

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    The increasing cost of filling up.
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    Belgium is becoming one of the most expensive European countries to fill up with petrol.
    In continental Europe, only the Netherlands and Italy (and Switzerland for diesel) are more expensive than Belgium. This is per a new classification introduced by the Flemish motoring organization, the VAB. The rachet system for diesel implemented by Belgium does not entirely pass on the decrease in the price of crude oil at the pump. This goes a very long way to explaining this situation.

    In 2009, Belgium was motoring as the third cheapest country for diesel and the fourth cheapest for petrol. Seven years later, Belgium is respectively in fifth place for diesel and sixth for petrol.

    For petrol, Italy and the Netherlands are more expensive. Switzerland is more expensive for drivers running on diesel.

    Henceforth, Belgians pay more for their fuel than the French or Germans, whilst the converse was true just a few years back. The least expensive countries for fuel are Luxembourg and Spain. The VAB says that a 50-litre tank filled up in Luxembourg allows for a 13-euro saving compared to filling up in Belgium.

    Oscar Schneider
    The Brussels Times