As appointments are no longer required for motorists to receive a car inspection at Flemish centres, they have been overloaded with drivers from Wallonia and Brussels, according to GOCA Flanders, the organisation responsible for car inspections in Flanders.
Due to the pandemic, car inspections had to be booked in advance in Wallonia, Flanders and parts of Flanders.
In Autoveiligheid centres (mainly in Limburg, Antwerp and part of Flemish Brabant) motorists are already able to get their car checked without an appointment on most days, while in the rest of Flanders, this is a possibility at least one day a week since 1 August.
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The requirement was dropped for the whole of Flanders on 1 August and as Belgians are free to choose where they get their car inspected, drivers from Wallonia and Brussels are flocking to inspection centres in Flanders.
As a result, GOCA Flanders has stated that their centres have been overcrowded, which has resulted in long queues.
They have advised motorists who want their car inspected not to wait to receive an invitation from the centre, which has a two-month expiry date, but rather book an appointment in advance.
If they are still set on having their cars inspected without booking an appointment, GOCA Flanders has asked them to get their cars checked remotely via a webcam.