In 2017, the Flemish Tax Service carried out for the first time more than a million checks on the payment of road tax. Infringements were discovered in 10,583 cases, resulting in a record revenue of 6.6 million euros in road tax arrears and fines being collected. You can avoid a fine by paying your annual road tax on time.
Checks are carried out using automatic number plate recognition. Only those who have not paid their road tax are pulled over. Offenders must pay the arrears immediately, plus a fine of 25 percent of the amount owed. Anyone who does not pay risks having their vehicle documents seized or their vehicle being clamped.
If your vehicle is registered with the Vehicle Registration Department (DIV), you yourself must register the following vehicles for use on the road:
- heavy goods vehicles + tractor units and tractors of 12 tonnes or more;
- buses and coaches;
- trailers (< 751 kg), which do not have to be registered with the DIV but are towed by a vehicle in the name of a leasing company;
- trailers for gliders;
- camping trailers and boat trailers under 751 kg;
- vehicles with a special registration (dealer plates or B number plates).
You do not have to register any other vehicles. Once our client manager has registered your car with the Vehicle Registration Department (DIV), you will automatically receive an assessment notice based on this registration each year.
There are several ways of doing so: