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    A year later, the kilometric tax has yielded 648 million euros

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    The kilometric tax or kilometric charge for vehicles weighing more than 3.5 tonnes in Belgium, introduced on 1 April 2016, yielded 648 million euros in one year, reported Viapass, the public interregional entity responsible for the monitoring and coordination of this levy. More than half of the income comes from trucks registered abroad.

    The system thus yields between 2.3 and 2.4 million euros each day from these regions together. Specifically, Flanders has benefited the most, with 408 million euros over the last twelve months. In Brussels, the tax paid amounted to 9 million euros, while the kilometric tax has added 229 million euros to the Walloon accounts. These numbers are all lower than the regional entities expected. Nevertheless, every week the number of OBUs registered at Satellic alone grows by 2,000 units. “This means that the market is not yet saturated”, said Thomas Pferr, CEO of Satellic, one of the two current suppliers of the on board unit.

    In total, nearly 700,000 vehicles were equipped at the end of March, says Johan Schoups of Viapass. Polish (15%), Dutch (11%) and German (10%) heavy vehicles are the most likely to be registered. Belgian trucks account for 19% of vehicles equipped with OBUs (126,000) and pay less than half of the revenues received, ie 46%. The Netherlands (10.9%), Poland (9%) and Romania (5.8%) are the main contributors.

    For 2017, Wallonia has decided to add 33 kilometers of paying lanes, but not to index the amount of the fee, unlike Flanders and Brussels, which will adjust the levy rate to 1 July 2017 based on of the index of May 2017.

    Maria Novak
    The Brussels Times