written by
Jeroen Beuls

Mobility newsletter March 2023

Mobility Newsletter 1 min read , March 30, 2023

What's new in mobility? At the start of each month, we share the latest news related to mobility.

In the news 📰

The European Commission has proposed that drivers under the age of 30 should be subject to zero alcohol tolerance for the first two years of driving. The reason is because young drivers are involved in 40 per cent of car accidents. This should help achieve Europe's Vision Zero goal of zero road deaths by 2050. Source

Minister Gilkinet wants to punish glorification of street racing on social media because it encourages unsafe behavior such as speeding or slaloming between other vehicles. The Minister proposes to fine these people from 40 to 1,000 euros or temporarily revoke their driving license. Source

Brussels Mobility is launching a campaign to raise awareness among steppers. Steppers often adopt an inappropriate driving style and do not follow traffic rules. Since 1 July 2022 steppers are no longer allowed to step on the footpath, nor are they allowed to ride with two people on one scooter. Source

Mobility facts 🧮

NMBS has decided to do checks at platform entrances. Partly because half of the aggressive incidents towards SNCB staff happen when the traveller is not carrying a ticket. On the other hand, during Securail's checks, four per cent of travellers do not have a ticket with them. During some checks, this rises to 40 per cent! Source

Did you know❓

NMBS is further rolling out its pilot project for teleworkers. From 23 March, individuals can purchase a flex monthly subscription for ten travel days. From the end of April, companies with a third-party payer scheme will have access to the flex annual and monthly subscriptions. Source

The European Commission is considering introducing a European digital driving license. This would make obtaining and replacing a driving license faster. By doing so, the Commission also wants to strengthen enforcement within the European Union. Source

The Vilvoorde viaduct is in urgent need of repair. From August, eight years of work will be carried out on the viaduct. The roadworks will cause many delays and cost 500 million euros. Source