Feb19

Driving slower for the environment?

Categories: General
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Monday and tuesday there is again a smog-alert in Belgium. Due to the fact that there is no wind the concentration of fine dust is peeking and so everybody -in Flanders at least- has to drive 90 km/h on the freeway. As Jan already mentioned this looks more like an excuse from the government and its short time thinking. Some other points on this matter:

  • the Belgian post for example used to transport the larger shipments between the 4 main buildings (Antwerp, Gent, Brussel, Charleroi) by train, the last years they do it by truck. Also 10 years ago i heard stories about our country having to promote more boat-transportation inside the country, never heard from it since. The Belgian government rather promotes road transportation!
  • isn’t driving 90km/h in 4th as much poluting as driving 120km/h in 5th gear? Pointless ruling!
  • company cars are usually chosen by looks, not by polution standards and a lot of them drive a big poluting car with a single driver, shouldn’t these cars be discouraged more if they are not needed for example through extra taxes (unless you can really prove you need it for work/family)
  • last year there was a lot of talks about a taxation -in the form of a vignet- for foureign people to drive through our country, the Netherlands were against this and easily persuaded our government to give up on it, even though they come each year through our country pulling “houses on wheels”, giving more exhaust and so more polution … Why is our government giving in so easily?