Securing motorway parking areas is cheaper than detours

Posted by Louis D'hondt on 11/10/2018

Given the cost for transport companies attached to the closure of motorway parking areas, you might just as well keep the parking areas open and invest in extra security. Let's have a look at the consequences of the detour that drivers make.

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Transport optimization plays a decisive role in sustainability

Posted by Dieter Roman on 16/09/2016


25% of all CO2 emissions is produced by the transport industry. And looking at the future of the transport sector we can conclude that it will increase over the coming decades… if we don’t act properly.

So every transport company has a moral imperative towards CO2 effectiveness. In the long run technological enhancements are seen as an important ‘driver’ to reduce CO2 emissions. The target of the 30 per cent fall in oil use by 2040 is achievable but it will change transport industry quiet dramatically (truck platooning, electric trucks, bio diesel powered trucks,...).

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How smart are alternative routes?

Posted by Dr. Ir. Steven De Schrijver on 13/06/2016


The kilometre-based charging system in Belgium has been the topic of lively debate over the past few months. Before the introduction of the new tax on April 1, various figures were bandied around in terms of what the exact impact on transport costs would be. Some mentioned an average of 8%, others believed that the extra costs would vary between 2% and 12%. But the only way to calculate the true impact of the kilometre-based charging system is by simulating it on your actual transport lanes. In addition to the transparency these simulations offer you, you will also be much better prepared to discuss price increases with your subcontractors and your customers alike.

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Chaotic launch of the Belgian road tax system

Posted by Famke De Ro on 11/04/2016

On April 1st, the much debated kilometer charges for trucks came into force in Belgium. The implementation of such a complex and ambitious project is often accompanied with the occasional hiccup and inevitable teething problems. However, even the most pessimistic assessments did not include the enormous variety of complications that arose. From the first minute on, problems cropped up, and as the day progressed, the list of difficulties and headaches continued to grow. Even for the many carriers who had spared no effort to prepare themselves diligently, April 1st 2016 will be remembered as a black day in company history with a significant price tag attached.

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Belgian Road Tax: will the transport sector draw the short straw?

Posted by Famke De Ro on 04/03/2016

The kilometer-based charging system that will be implemented in Belgium on April 1st, 2016 remains a topic of debate. Countless transport contracts are currently being revised, revealing high levels of uncertainty on both sides of the negotiating table. Since no legal basis is provided for passing on the kilometer tax to customers, both transport companies and their costumers fear that they will end up footing the bill.

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The ins & outs of the new Belgian road charging system ("Kilometerheffing")

Posted by Dr. Ir. Steven De Schrijver on 19/02/2016

From 1 April 2016 onwards, all heavy goods vehicles (HGVs) weighing over 3.5 tonnes will be charged to use the Belgian road network. Both the legal and the operational framework are now in place and many companies, in Belgium and abroad, are preparing for the roll-out. But what will be the exact impact of the toll system on your day-to-day business? Below, we have listed five key topics every fleet owner should be aware of.

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Average % transport cost increase can not be used for Belgian Road Charging 2016

Posted by Dr. Ir. Steven De Schrijver on 10/12/2015

A lot of people ask me what the average cost impact will be resulting from the road charging for trucks that will start on April 1, 2016 in Belgium. There is one certainty: the cost increase will be significant!

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Road charging system ("kilometerheffing") starting on April 1, 2016 in Belgium

Posted by Dr. Ir. Steven De Schrijver on 10/12/2015

Whether we like it or not, road charging for trucks will start on April 1, 2016 in Belgium. The rate of the kilometer charge will vary depending on the maximum permissible weight (MPW) of the trucks, their Euro emission class and the type of the road being used.

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