Updated: Jan 8, 2021
An advance in the fight that leads the city of #Liège to ban the transit of heavy goods was announced on Friday by the Collège Communal. The Walloon Region has decided to integrate the Dérivation quays (N610) into the ViaPass perimeter on 1 January 2020.
In 2016, the three regions of Belgium – Flanders, Wallonia and Brussels – took an important step in tax reform with the introduction of the Kilometer Charge under the ViaPass system, which is not about taxing the possession of a heavy goods vehicle, but rather the use of it. This way the cost of infrastructure is billed in a fair way including the potential environmental effects of such vehicles.
The College regrets that this decision does not extend to the banks of the Meuse river which remain excluded from the perimeter of levy of this tax while an interpellation dating from 2016 was precisely these platforms. He also reminds that it is a question of the quality of life of citizens of Liège in one of the most densely populated areas of Wallonia. The new legislation is about security, air quality in the city or the fight against noise.
The city of Liège wishes to maintain coherence between:
the improvements made by the Region in recent years to provide the inhabitants of Liège with a welcoming and peaceful public space;
the Plan Urbain de Mobilité – PUM (Urban Mobility Plan), which sets the guidelines in terms of mobility across the 24 municipalities of Province de Liège.