The Flemish Government has decided to grant new subsidies to the transport sector as of 1 October, and as such 36 million euros will be distributed to hauliers who invest in road safety and ecological measures.
In the Flemish Region, we recorded 24,978 road traffic accidents in 2016. Recent years have seen this number in decline, but each accident remains one too many. That’s why Flemish Minister for Mobility Ben Weyts is granting new subsidies to transport companies who invest in safety.
According to the minister, the subsidies will encourage transport companies to invest in road safety measures – with fewer rear-end collisions and blind spot accidents occurring as a result, for example.
We have set out below the most important information about the new subsidy measure for you.
Companies based in the Flemish Region and who are an owner or user of a vehicle of over 3.5 tonnes can request a subsidy. Only one subsidy may be granted per vehicle, and the vehicle must remain at the company for at least three years as from the date of the request.
Below are some of the measures that are eligible for the subsidies.
Road safety measures:
- Adaptive cruise control
- Lane keeping assist
- Blind spot cameras
- Blind spot mirrors
- Blind spot sensor systems
- Systems which block the use of mobile phones while driving
- Alcohol lock
- Particulate filter
- SCR system
- Environmental and safety certificates
- Internal refrigeration partitions
Investments in safety measures will be reimbursed to a maximum of 80% up to an amount of €3,000. The subsidy is limited to €100,000 per company over three years, or €33,000 a year.
Subsidies may be requested via an online application provided by the Flemish Government as from 1 October 2017. To do so, you will need the vehicle’s number plate as well as the invoice for which the subsidy is being requested. You will not be able to request subsidies for measures for which subsidies have already been received through another system.
For more information about the subsidies, please contact Minister Weyts’ office at email@example.com or on +32 (0)2 552 66 00.