Sven Gatz (Open VLD) on the probabilities of success of SmartMove before 2024: “A chance in two seems optimistic to me”

Sven Gatz (Open Vld), Brussels Minister in charge of Finance and Budget, frees 68 million for SmartMove, but wants to be “realistic”As to timing.

While the Council of State’s opinion on the implementation of SmartMove is long overdue, the Brussels government does not want to waste time. De Standaard unveiled this Friday morning that Brussels is already investing millions in cameras that will be used for the smart kilometer charge.

In total, 68 million euros for the extension of the camera network and the launch of a new mobility application. An investment made possible thanks to the 51 million euros coming from the European recovery plan.

As a reminder, SmartMove is this famous “smart kilometer rate”Which takes into consideration the time at which the motorist travels (more expensive during rush hour), the distance traveled as well as the cylinder of the vehicle … Originally announced for this term, the project seems however to have lead in the ‘wing. On the waves of BX1, the Brussels Minister-President himself, Rudi Vervoort (PS), expressed doubts about the implementation of SmartMove under this legislature. Recently interviewed in our columns, the regional Minister of Mobility Elke Van den Brandt (Groen) has for her part not “daring”Give a date…

So for now, still no timing. We will in fact still have to wait for a green light from the Council of State and then a fruitful interregional consultation, the test phases, the technical details… In short, a way of the cross which has only just begun. This does not seem to frighten the great treasurer of Brussels, Sven Gatz (Open VLD).

We are still awaiting the opinion of the Council of State on the feasibility of SmartMove. But you are already investing in the project. Why ?

“I want to give the signal that we are continuing the project.

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