Car

Highway Code

- In Belgium, as in most European countries, you drive on the right. The rule of priority of the right always applies (except on priority roundabouts).

- Trams and buses always have priority when their indicators are flashing!

- All passengers must wear seat belts, in the front and in the rear alike.

- The speed limit is 50 km/hour in town, and 120 km/hour on motorways. In some places, speed is limited to 30 km/h (around schools,…)

Alcohol test: after just one beer, one glass of wine or one aperitif, your blood alcohol level will rise to 0.2 % for a man weighing 75 kg and 0.5 % for a woman weighing 60 kg. The legal limit is 0,5 %!

- In Belgium, we commonly called BOB, the one who decides to stay sober during the evening to be able to drive you home.

Useful addresses and sites

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To enquire about the weather before to leave :
T 0900 27 003 (FR)
www.meteo.be (FR/NL/EN/DE)

Traffic information
www.inforoutes.be (FR/NL)

Belgian Institute for road safety
www.ibsr.be (FR/NL)

Car Maintenance without appointment
www.monsieurpneus.be (see below)

New cars

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Car maintenance

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Did you know that below 7° Celsius a normal tyre gets hard and looses its effectiveness ! It is therefore necessary to change them in winter for obvious reasons of security!

4 years after the date of entry into circulation, each year you will reveive a notification to pass the "contrôle technique". It is obligatory!

Car Sharing

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The changes of habit regarding mobility are in the process of becoming a revolution.  Here are several very interesting solutions.

 NEW
Scooty, together with Europcar, is a sharing system with electric scooters in Brussels.
Trace & Book through their application (App Store-Google play)
This solution for the future is practical, efficient and inexpensive.
And more! You will avoid traffic jams.
Website

TAXISTOP
Through the Carpool service of Taxistop you can find a carpool partner to drive to work together and like this share your expenses with him or her. At Taxi-stop you can make a record of your personal address and your work address in our carpool service. They will check if there are other subscriptions that correspond to yours. You than will be able to contact those persons to join them on their daily route. Also : schoolpool – Eventpool – airport-stop 
Eurostop …

Information: www.taxistop.be (FR/NL/EN)

Below you have different sites which offer thematic carpooling…school, events, European, proximity …

www.blablacar.be

www.schoolpool.be

www.eventpool.be

www.eurostop.be

www.carpool.be

www.covoiturage.fr

Various alternatives:

Cambio
Cambio is a car-sharing company that allows you to rent a vehicle “à la carte” - whenever you like. Several models are available to subscribers, according to their needs: driving alone or with the family, for a day or weekend, vacation… No need to buy a car, no need for maintenance, insurance, technical checks etc.: everything is all-inclusive in the rent. The cars are of recent make and are covered by an all inclusive insurance.

Subscribing and booking via: www.cambio.be (FR/NL) There are information sessions for all details.

ZEN CAR
Zen Car is a wholly new concept of green mobility. It is a simple and practical system of car-sharing. And not just any car! A 100% electric, silent and non-pollutant car!
T 02 669 77 91
 
www.zencar.eu

CAR AMIGO
CarAmigo is Belgium's first peer-to-peer carsharing marketplace, and connects car owners with people who need a car.
www.caramigo.be

UBEEQO
Ubeeqo is “the specialist of car sharing” with ambition to offer new economical, innovative and convenient solutions.
“Ubeeqo is your car when you need it.”
Ubeeqo as specialist of car sharing provides a clear positioning: “To offer economical and convenient alternatives when there is a need to possess a car in urban areas.”
It is easy to rent a car in case you need one. In addition to its website, Ubeeqo has a smartphone application which is accessible for everybody and available in several languages.
In order to simplify mobility in cities, Ubeeqo offers its App :
àCar sharing – The easy accessible car
The cars can be hired by self-service for a few hours or a few days (min. 1h – max. 3 days). The insurance, fuel and 30 kilometers are automatically included with each reservation. There is the possibility to book a car up to 3 months in advance.
Additional information:
After successful inscription on the homepage (free of charge), the driver’s license has to be submitted to book a car (car sharing). Ubeeqo’s fleet is made up of Volkswagen.
The tarif varies between 3,50-6€/h and between 35-60€/day (payment by credit card).
www.ubeeqo.be

DRIVENOW
The dense network of vehicles (300 BMW&Mini) within a 59 km² Brussels DriveNow business area makes it possible to easily find & rent a car and leave your DriveNow vehicle at any time, parking and insurance included!
be.drive-now.com

 ZIPCAR
Car-sharing with Zipcar offers you instant access to on-demand cars anytime, anywhere in Brussels. All for one easy-peasy, all-inclusive cost.
www.zipcar.b

But also (private to private)

Drivy

Cozycar

Wibee

Without a driver car hire

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While waiting to get your own car, there are lots of companies who will rent you a car.

Chauffeur-driven car hire

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Second-hand cars


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Are you looking for a second-hand car ?

Ask for your Car-Pass from the seller ! It’s a legal and compulsory document. Car-Pass shows the successive kilometers. Car-Pass is issued by Contrôle Technique.

Some major dealers have developed a ‘second-hand’ department. They usually sell fairly recent vehicles with a guarantee.

Small ads

www.moniteurautomobile.be

www.gocar.be

www.autogids.be

www.autoccasion.be

Diplomatic sales

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Some garages in Brussels are “licensed for diplomatic sales”, which means that they can sell cars under special conditions and at pre-tax prices. These garages act as go-betweens for the factory and the diplomat, which may allow payment in foreign currency.

To buy a car with diplomatic conditions: the price does not depend on the make, but on the legislation. 

 

Importing, Registration and Customs Clearance

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Cars must be registered in Belgium at least 6 months after your registration in your municipality. The procedures differ depending on whether you come from an EU or non-EU country.

Enquire first of all at the Direction des Immatriculations des Véhicules on

T 02 277 30 50
www.mobilit.belgium.be/fr/  (FR/NL)

Registration conditions

You have registered in your municipality in Belgium. The car must meet European standards (certificate of conformity issued by the manufacturer or the importer in Belgium). It must be insured with a Belgian insurance company (compulsory civil liability – motor).

Procedure - car registration

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First of all, know that often your Belgian insurer looks after administrative formalities. He will register your car via Internet and you will receive your certificate of registration and your licence the following working day. To choose your insurance broker, please consult the Expat in Brussels Guide p 96. All motor vehicles must be registered in the Belgian register of registration kept by the DIV. If you have imported your car, please consult details below.

1) Registration

The first thing to do is to obtain a « request for registration form » (red form) The request for registration must be addressed to the DIV by the owner of the vehicle.

This « request for registration » form is delivered free-of-charge:

To fill out this certificate, you need various technical details of the vehicle recapitulated below:

NEW :

1.  Ask for a registration form in the bpost office.

2.  Give this form to your insurer who will make the request via a WebDIV application. He will give you a copy.

3.  You will receive a license plate by post.

2) 
When you have received your license plate and/or the registration certificate

Place the certificate of registration in the car when it is being driven. Don’t ever lose it, this certificate of registration is always indispensable during your visit to the contrôle technique (every year from the 4th year of your car’s existence) and equally during the reselling of the car. Attach your license plate, in accordance with the rules, to the back of your car.
Attach a duplicate of this license plate, in accordance with the rules:

The license plate must stay permanently on your car. You must take it off during the sale. There are numerous « Mister Minit » boutiques in Brussels which will make your plates immediately. In the case of selling your car, the certificate of registration must follow the car until the moment when it is presented to the contrôle technique.

For all other information
help.div@mobilit.fgov.be 

ATTENTION:
If you have imported your car yourself, you must produce a certificate from the distributor/foreign manufacturer mentioning that the car was delivered as new. Attach it, as well as the sales invoice, to the request for registration.

3) In the case of leaving

If you wish to cancel the registration of your car (to cancel your license plate), you must return your registration plate number to the DIV.  If you have decided to no longer use your car or you are leaving for good, don’t wait to return your license plate as the circulation tax remains as long as the license plate is not cancelled.

Taxes

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Once your vehicle is registered with the DIV, you are free to drive it on the public highway. The ‘Contributions Autos’ service will send you, by the 15th of the month following the registration, a special payment or transfer form specifying the amount of:

In Belgium, your professional travel is fiscally deductible.

Price list

Used car pricing reports allow you to easily estimate the price you should pay for or obtain from a car.

www.moniteurautomobile.be/taxe-mise-en-circulation.html (FR/NL)

Driving licence

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Anyone over 18 years old who holds a category B driving licence is authorised to drive a vehicle in Belgium.

For nationals of European Union Member States

Belgium has signed exchange agreements for driving licences with most EU Member States. Nationals of these countries must go to the ‘driving licence’ department in their municipality to exchange their national licence for a Belgian licence, as soon as they register with their municipality.

For nationals of countries not members of the European Union

If you come from a non-EU Member State, you should use an international driving licence when you drive in Belgium. This is valid only for one year, and so you need to exchange it for a European one via your municipality (police or administration), depending on the municipality.

For nationals of countries not members of the European Union

If you come from a non-EU Member State, you should use an international driving licence when you drive in Belgium. This is valid only for one year, and so you need to exchange it for a European one via your municipality (police or administration), depending on the municipality.

Breakdown cover

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See our chapter 3 "Insurance"

There are insurance companies which provide a breakdown service throughout the Benelux area, and contracts can be extended to cover all of Europe. Many banks give the same service.

Assistance and accident cover If you have an accident, the most usual approach is the ‘constat à l’amiable’ or jointly agreed statement for insurance purposes: you simply fill in the accident report form provided by your insurers on the spot . You should always have a blank copy of this document in your car. If you and the other driver cannot reach an agreement, call the police switchboard on 101. From a mobile : 112.

Taxis

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Brussels has 1300 taxis covering 633 parking areas. Prices: 2.40 € pick-up charge between 06.00 and 10.00 pm and 4,40 euros between 10.00 pm and 06.00 am, plus 1.80 €/km in central Brussels and the 19 muni-cipalities but outside Brussels it becomes 2,70  €/km. Waiting time : 30 € / hour. If you are going to the airport, remember to ask for the special airport rate. In theory, only the official airport taxis are allowed at Zaventem. These bear an orange windscreen sticker with a white aeroplane. In town, there are not many taxi ranks, so it is better to book a taxi by telephone. The taxi fares are indexed each year. Attention taxis are always black!

The driver is obliged to give you a receipt at the exit.

COLLECTO is a shared taxi service operating 7 days a week between 23:00 and 6:00 in the entire Brussels-Capital region. Hop on at one of the 200 Collecto collecting points (usually STIB metro/tram/bus stops) and hop off at the destination of your choice in Brussels. Collecto is relatively cheap, with a unique fare of 6 € per person per ride (and 5 € for STIB users). Departures every half hour, call for booking at least 20 minutes before:  02 800 36 36. More information :  www.bruxellesmobilite.irisnet.be/articles/taxi/reserver-un-collecto

Parking in Brussels

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To find a secure parking

www.bruxellesmobilite.irisnet.be/voiture/
www.interparking.com (FR/NL/EN/DE)
www.q-park.be (FR/NL)


Cheap late-night opening parking 
in the centre of Brussels


Parking Sablon-Poelaert (Place Poelaert) 
Evening package : from when you arrive after 6.00pm until you leave before 5.00am at the incredible price of 5 Euros, enough time for a good party !

 

Parking fee and Residents’ Parking Permit

Urban centres are equipped with systems of parking meters, a system of payment by gsm which is being put gradually in place, is far from being widespread.

Most of the time you have a parking metre. So always try to have coins with you !
Although currently, many are equipped with a system of payment by card. In the new machines, you must introduce the licence plate number of your car.  Keep it in mind.

Sometimes you have a blue zone, where you have to use a “disque bleu” which gives you two hours free of charge. You can buy it in Auto 5, Brico …
In your own municipality you don’t have to pay. Therefore you need a “resident card” which you can obtain at your Town Hall.

Documents to produce:

How to find or to offer a parking space?


Parking.be is a free tool that allows you:

to search and to post parking spots for rent and for sale in Brussels.

You can create an alert and receive e-mail alerts when a parking spot becomes available for rent or for sale near a specific address.

Parking.be is 100% free!

www.parking.be

 

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