It is no secret that car pollution is a problem around the world. However, it seems that despite knowing this, there are only a few cities in the world that are choosing to do something about it. The leaders in this change are to be found throughout Europe. Of course, London has tried to make changes with their congestion charges, however it seems that Brussels is really making a stand.
A recent article in Air Quality News looked at this in more detail.
We have talked about the pollution in other cities in the world before, and today we wanted to take the opportunity of knowing more about what Brussels is doing to reduce their pollution, as they are one of the few European cities introducing a congestion charge similar to the one that we have in London.
What is Brussels doing to reduce car pollution?
Brussels is a busy city, not only are there plenty of locals there who are trying to get around, but there are also tourists who want to make sure that they see the very best of the city. This means that there is a high level of car pollution throughout the city.
However, January 1st saw a change to this issue. It has been decided that any cars that are found to emit a higher level of pollution than other cars (older cars rather than newer cars) are going to need to pay a charge just to drive into the city centre. At present this only applies to cars that are Euro I diesel and vans, which means the vehicle was built before 1992. However, it is thought that this will change, grow and develop and will include Euro V vehicles by 2025.
The cars and their drivers that are seen as being restricted by this scheme will need to pay as much as €35 per day in order to drive into the city centre. This is charged daily and for up to 8 days. If you do not have the right provisions in place and you are found to be driving in the city centre then you could face a fine of up to €350.
It is thought that it is only for the next 9 months that the rule will apply solely to diesel vehicles and during 2019 petrol cars will also be looked at too.
Will it work?
If you were to ask the Environment minister of Brussels whether they hope it will work or not, the answer is rather unsurprisingly going to be yes. Their aim is to reduce the level of car pollution that is seen within Brussels. This will improve the air quality in the city, not only for those that live there but also for those that visit.
Not only this, but it is also hoped that in introducing this measure, people throughout Belgium and perhaps Europe as a whole will be more aware of the importance of air quality and how to take the right steps to improving it and making sure that it is the best that it can be.
We are sure that it won’t be long before plenty of other cities are going to take up their own approach to this particular initiative and in turn improve air quality for those around the world, but before that happens, we can all contribute to the environment by using fleet management systems like Movolytics, that promotes the implementation of green fleet management systems to help companies reduce their CO2 emissions.