Belgium witnesses hike in number of people with expired car inspection certificates

Belgium: The maximum number of people in Flanders that do not get their cars inspected on time increased dramatically in the previous year, as has the period by which they are too late.

In the previous year, about 442,549 cars drove around in Flanders with an expired inspection certificate, an increase by half compared to last year, as per the reports. The maximum number of drivers who register more than half a year late for the car inspection is also rising sharply.

In 2021, over 2 million periodic car inspections were registered in Flanders. Around one in five cars inspected were too late, meaning their vehicles had expired certificates. In 2020 and 2019, this figure still sat at 14 and 15 percent figures, as per the sources.

The representative Sofie Vanhout mentioned in the statement, “We are going to try to encourage people to come to the inspection in time.”

Along with this, in the majority of the cases, the individuals have simply forgotten about inspection, which is a mistake that is quickly put right. Most worrying thing are the cars whose inspection has expired for more than six months.

In addition, over 35,000 drivers exceeded this deadline in the previous year, whereas in the last years, the figure fluctuated between 20,000 and 23,000.

The people that are latecomers are fined between €8.80 and €31.40, which depends on how late the person is. In the previous year, the carelessness of drivers brought in a hefty €5.3 million. Those who get caught in traffic accidents have to fort out for a much heftier fine.

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