The new legal requirement for restaurants to have so-called “black box” not met in 2,000 inspections
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    The new legal requirement for restaurants to have so-called “black box” not met in 2,000 inspections

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    The number of restaurants without a “black box” is somewhat preoccupying and eating Francis Adyns.
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    Since the launch of the inspection services within the hotel and catering trade some, 3,000 establishments have been inspected. Some 2,000 owners have not yet installed the so-called “black box”, which is a trade requirement by the FPS Finance, as part of signing up for the Certified Cash Register System. This is reported in L’Echo and De Tijd today (Thursday).

    “Although it appears that so many restaurants have been found out, this is because we know exactly who has a black box and who indeed should have one,” Francis Adyns, the spokesman from SPF Finances says. “Our inspectors are free to carry out inspections on restaurants that we have no doubt are non-compliant.”

    Nowadays, 17,000 restaurants are using the “black box”, or 1,600 more than in September.

    On the basis of current data, Francis Adyns reckons that there are still at least an astounding 1,400 businessmen and indeed businessswomen without a “black box”. He says that it is likely, judging from past findings, that 2,000 restaurants which have appeared on the SPF Finance’s radar will, no doubt, prove to be non-compliant.

    L’Echo indicates that these restaurants may expect a visit during the months to come.

    The Flemish Hotel and Catering Federation is evoking unfair competition. “To the extent that a proportion of restaurants are not compliant, those who have adopted the ‘black box’ now feel somewhat trapped,” its director, Danny Van Assche explains.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times